Alleged fake Oscar Pistorius legal expert back in court

Port Elizabeth – A woman who allegedly falsely claimed to be a lawyer, and who provided legal analysis to news organisations during the Oscar Pistorius trial, is expected back in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crime Court on Friday.

Brenda Wardle, 56, is accused of pretending to be a practising attorney and offering to represent a convicted murderer.

She allegedly defrauded the murderer’s family of about R500 000 between April 2009 and August 2013, The Herald Live reported. A warrant for her arrest was issued in June 2014.

Wardle has denied all the charges against her. She was denied bail in July.

IOL reported that Wardle, who is conducting her own defence, was previously convicted of fraud.

Wardle rose to fame in 2014, when she provided legal analysis during Pistorius’ trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. She appeared on the SABC, BBC, Sky News, and Fox News and published a book titled To Kill a Fragile Rose: The State's Case Against Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius.


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