Pistorius brother on death charge
Olympic star Oscar Pistorius's older brother is facing charges over the death of a woman in a traffic accident.
Carl Pistorius faces a charge of unlawful, negligent killing for a 2008 road death "in which a woman motorcyclist sadly lost her life," Kenneth Oldwage, the Pistorius family lawyer said today. The charge of "culpable homicide" will be challenged in court, he said.
Oscar Pistorius must report to the police station in Brooklyn, a suburb of the nation's capital Pretoria, and sign in, a twice-weekly procedure which is part of his bail conditions after he was charged with premeditated murder following the February 14 shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp..
Pistorius was released on bail Friday and stayed at the home of his uncle Arnold in Waterkloof, an affluent suburb of Pretoria, where Oscar is now staying. His brother, Carl, came to visit the house today.
The problem confronting Carl is the latest complication in a case that has transfixed South Africa and much of the world.
"It's also doubly sad because it's involved with Oscar and his brother and all the family - so they have double sort of trouble," said Johannesburg resident Jim Plester.
Mr Oldwage said that "Carl deeply regrets the accident" and that a blood test showed he was not drunk at the time. He said the charges had initially been dropped, only to be reinstated later.
Oscar Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder, but the athlete says he killed his girlfriend accidentally, opening fire after mistaking her for an intruder in his home.