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  • 20 March 2014, 17:54

Pistorius To Sell House To Cover Legal Fees

Oscar Pistorius is to sell his home - where he shot dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp - to cover the legal fees for his murder trial.

"It has become necessary to sell Mr Pistorius's home in the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria in order for him to raise the necessary funds to cover his increasing legal costs," the 27-year-old's lawyer Brian Webber said in a statement.

"This is due to the unexpected extension of the trial beyond the initial three-week period for which it was originally set down."

The Paralympic athlete has been paying his own legal fees since he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14 last year in the Pretoria property still for sale.

The costs of the trial - reportedly as high as £5,500 a day - are said to include at least three full-time lawyers in court, ballistics and forensics experts, and a US crime scene reconstruction company.

Since the shooting,†Pistorius has been living at his uncle's house in Pretoria.

Authorities turned the runner's home in the gated community back over to him more than a year ago and he had planned to keep it sealed until the trial finished.

"He has been forced to revisit this decision," according to Mr Webber, who said the statement was meant to pre-empt media speculation about the sale.

Prosecutors have charged the double-amputee sprinter with intentionally killing Ms Steenkamp, 29, and are expected to wrap up their case early next week.

Pistorius insists he shot the model through a toilet door after mistaking her for an intruder.

The trial resumes on Monday.