Pistorius' brother faces culpable homicide charges

2013-02-24 11:14

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Murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ brother Carl faces charges of culpable homicide, according to a report.

“It’s related to an accident that happened in 2010, in which he had a collision with a female motorcyclist,” e-News Channel Africa legal journalist Karyn Maughan said on the weekly television show Justice Report, anchored by Justice Malala.

She said Carl Pistorius was to have gone on trial on Thursday – the day before his brother was granted bail.

However, in an early sitting of the court the trial was moved forward until next week “meaning he could go on trial and have his trial completed – it’s been dragging on for so long – before his brother goes on trial”.

Pistorius, who is accused of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was granted bail of R1 million by the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on Friday, when the case was postponed to June 4.

Maughan reported that Carl Pistorius was being represented Kenny Oldwage, who is also acting for his brother.

Oldwage had told her that Carl Pistorius was being pursued for reckless or negligent driving.

She said the case was provisionally withdrawn, but was later reinstated “under pressure from the woman’s family” who felt there was evidence it was not just an accident, but there was alleged negligence on his part.

» The daughters of the female motorcyclist contacted City Press after this story was first published and informed us that the case against Carl Pistorius was not opened as a result of pressure from the family. “Our family has accepted our loss as due to an accident and have never held Mr Pistorius accountable for what has happened.  If it were up to us we would have him completely omitted of the charge,” they said.

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