Costs R1?million and counting …

2013-03-02 00:00

OSCAR Pistorius’s legal and other costs in the week between his arrest and release on bail would have come to more than R1 million.

Potchefstroom law professor Tom Coetzee said yesterday that this is a conservative estimate.

“And that’s just the beginning. There will be constant consultations in the lead-up to his appearance in the high court, and the costs for his trial will make the recent costs look small,” he said.

Coetzee’s calculations include:

â–  Senior advocate (court appearnaces, consultations and other preparation) — R400 000;

â–  Junior advocate — R300 000;

â–  Attorney (consultations, court work, consultations with the advocates, administrative work) — R150 000;

â–  Private pathologist who attended the postmortem on Reeva Steenkamp — R25 000;

â–  PR agent — R25 000;

â–  Publicity team — R25 000;

â–  Forensic experts — R65 000.

“These costs come to R990 000, but one doesn’t know exactly how many consultations there were and how many hours each lawyer worked.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if the bill is already more than R1 million,” said Coetzee.

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