Mounting legal fees forces Oscar Pistorius to sell his home
Pretoria (SA): Oscar Pistorius has sold the upmarket Pretoria home where he shot dead his girlfriend, his estate agent said yesterday amid mounting legal fees resulting from a lengthy murder trial.
"We have a buyer," Ansie Louw told AFP, "we went through all the offers. We have accepted one of the bids and the transfer process is now under way."
The house, valued at upwards of USD 480,000, was put on the market earlier this year as the "Blade Runner" struggled to pay a small army of lawyers who are fighting murder charges on his behalf.
They include three of South Africa's leading defence attorneys, a raft of ballistics and forensic experts and an American crime scene reconstruction company.
The total cost is estimated at USD 9,000 a day. His trial, initially slated to last three weeks is now in its third month. In March, one of his lawyers Brian Webber said the athlete has been paying his own legal fees.
"It has become necessary to sell Mr Pistorius' home in the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria in order for him to raise the necessary funds to cover his increasing legal costs," Webber said at the time.