Carl Pistorius accident recalled

2013-03-27 18:37
Carl Pistorius (Picture: Sapa)

Carl Pistorius (Picture: Sapa)

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Vanderbijlpark - Details of a culpable homicide charge emerged on Wednesday against Carl Pistorius, brother of murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

The Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court heard that a motorbike crashed into a bakkie Carl was driving.

"The motorbike was very close to the back of the bakkie when the bakkie suddenly swerved to the right," motorbiker Anton Coetzee recalled.

"The motorbike hit the right back of the bakkie. It looked like the bakkie swerved out of the way for something. I had to brake to avoid the accident."

Coetzee said he and other motorbikers participated in a "Poker-run" on 8 March 2008 when a collision happened between Carl Pistorius and Marie Barnard.

He told the court it looked like there was nothing Barnard could do to avoid hitting the back of the bakkie.

"She was thrown forward," he said.

Asked by prosecutor Johan Venter to estimate how far Barnard was thrown, he said about 5m to 10m.

The court heard Carl Pistorius stopped after the crash and got out of the car and made a phone call.

Describing Barnard's injuries, Coetzee said her left forearm was stripped and her hand was bent back, and it looked like her leg was broken.

Carl pleaded not guilty to a culpable homicide charge.

Venter told the court the main charge against Carl was culpable homicide.

The first alternative charge was reckless or negligent driving, and the second one driving without reasonable consideration for another person using the road.

Magistrate Buks du Plessis asked Pistorius to plead on the first charge.

Standing in the dock, arms folded, looking at Du Plessis, Pistorius said: "I plead not guilty your worship."

He also denied guilt on the two alternative charges. The court heard Barnard died in hospital on 14 March 2008.

During cross-examination by Kenny Oldwage, for Pistorius, the court heard there was alcohol available to the motorbikers on the ride.

"Some [bikers] do consume alcohol," Coetzee said.

Asked by Oldwage about bikers who were "intoxicated and displaying aggression" on the scene shortly after the accident, Coetzee said he was not aware of this.

Moving on, Oldwage said: "Two State witnesses confirmed there was a strong smell of alcohol on the breathe of Barnard."

Coetzee said he could not say whether Barnard had consumed alcohol.

"In my presence, she did not consume alcohol," he said.

Under further cross-examination, Coetzee said Barnard enjoyed the occasional single whiskey.

Oldwage says in documents before the court, Barnard's daughter indicated that her mother consumed red wine and whiskey occasionally.

Carl's appearance comes a day before Oscar Pistorius is expected to challenge the bail conditions the Pretoria Magistrate's Court imposed on him.

Oscar Pistorius was granted bail of R1m on 22 February after he was charged with the murder of his girlfriend, law graduate and model Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria home on 14 February.

Carl's trial was postponed to 3 April.

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