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Pistorius Brother To Stand Trial Over Death
The brother of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is facing charges over the death of a woman in a road crash in 2008.
Carl Pistorius, who was a constant presence in court over the past week to support his younger sibling Oscar, is charged with culpable homicide over the alleged accidental death of a female motorcyclist.
Lawyer Kenny Oldwage said in a statement from the family that "there is no doubt that Carl is innocent and the charge will be challenged in court."
"Blood tests conducted by the police at the time proved that he had not been under the influence of alcohol, confirming that it was a tragic road accident after the deceased collided with Carl's car," the statement said.
The family statement also said that the charges had at one stage been withdrawn but then reinstated.
Carl Pistorius was already in court last Thursday, as his brother Oscar was facing a bail hearing, and will appear again at the end of next month.
On Sunday morning, Carl Pistorius arrived at his uncle's house in an affluent suburb of the South African capital Pretoria. He declined to speak to the media outside the property.
Oscar Pistorius, 26, is staying at the luxury three-storey villa after a judge released him on bail on Friday.
He has been charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day.
But the athlete denies murder, saying he killed the 29-year-old model accidentally. He says he opened fire after mistaking Miss Steenkamp for an intruder in his home.
Both brothers are being represented by the same lawyer, Kenny Oldwage.
The Oscar Pistorius case took a dramatic turn last week when it was revealed the lead investigator, Hilton Botha, was facing charges of attempted murder himself.
Botha, who denies the charges, was questioned at the athlete's bail hearing, where he gave an often confused testimony.
But the day after he was questioned in court, a judge dropped him from the case because of the charges.
Prosecutors admitted that the timing of the attempted murder charges had been "totally weird".
On Saturday, the Pistorius family distanced themselves from a tweet on Carl's account thanking people for the support offered to both families.
A spokeswoman for the family said the account had been hacked. They said Pistorius' siblings would cancel their social media accounts.
It came as Miss Steenkamp's father spoke about the case, saying Oscar Pistorius will "suffer" alone if he is lying about how his daughter died.
"It doesn't matter how much money he has and how good his legal team is, he will have to live with his conscience if he allows his legal team to tell lies on his behalf," Barry Steenkamp told Beeld, an Afrikaans newspaper.
"But if he is telling the truth then maybe I can forgive him one day. If it didn't happen the way he said it did, he must suffer, and he will suffer... only he knows."
Her mother June said that the Pistorius family had sent a card and flowers offering condolences for the death of her daughter but she added it meant little because: "They are not to blame."
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what do you think?
Farce is the word that comes to mind.
pjbeckett. I would'nt actually call the death of two women silly or funny.
It seems the Pistorius Family are accident prone....
Seems they don't have much luck with women.
Runs in the family! Weird!
...er no pun intended!
They are wealthy and white Julie... makes a huge difference in S A. How you doing darling, are you feeling better?
The justice system needs to be held accountable Looks like it's all coming out probably an all load more to come out as Africa moves to catch up with the rest of the world corruption had held the country back
Its rotten to the core out there Paul. I have heard of a case involving an off duty police officer who used a squad car to go to a pub, got drunk had an argument with someone. Went out to the car got his gun and shot the person he was arguing with dead. And that case still hasn't gone to court due to how corrupt the police force is
Typical press dredging the bottom for all the dirt they can on the whole pistorius family. Im surprised they haven't tried to find out how many parking tickets the grandmother had.
They didn't have to dig too deeply though, eh?
Typical, one well known family member is in trouble and the media search for more skeletons in the cupboard. How come a legal person in the case was allowed to be involved when he was answering charges of a similar nature? I do not understand their legal system particularly when there is no jury and the outcome is to be decided by a judge. Whether Oscar is guilty or not, this matter smacks of media intervention and a one man judge and jury.
I agree with Barry Steenkamp, the dead girl's Father. I'm also glad I am not in his position. I would struggle to maintain that dignified front. I'm glad that I do not live in South Africa. It seems a dangerous country all round and I hope that our gun culture is not allowed to get so far out of hand. (Remember also the beautiful Indian woman killed on her honeymoon out there? She still awaits full justice.)
It seems that if you can win some gold medals and are white then S Africa is the place to be!!!!
Mandela fought for freedom for all in South African people looks like the White man still rules.Laws bent to suit the white middle class,black miners shot and killed just for asking for better wages and conditions.Did you sell out MANDELA.
Its not all multi coloured flags and blowing of voovoozelas since the ANC took control. South africa is just as bad as it was when the whites ruled the country. If not worse, the native black south africans have been pushed to the bottom of the pile by the influx of black africans from other states like nigeria. The word from a white south african i know who's family live here( the dad was an ex-pat who moved to SA) is that when Mandela finally dies that country will fall to pieces.