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Oscar Pistorius sells home for less than expected price to pay for trial

Johannesburg: South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has sold his Pretoria home where he killed his girlfriend last year for less than he hoped, to help pay legal fees for his ongoing murder trial, the real estate agent said yesterday.

South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius

The athlete had hoped to raise at least five million rand ($470,000, 350,000 euros) when he put the small villa in a gated community on the market in March, said estate agent Ansie Louw, who is the wife of Pistorius’ coach.

The buyer ended up paying 4.5 million rand ($420,000, 310,000 euros) — significantly less than the price paid for similar properties in the same neighbourhood. “This is a fact, but I am not going to comment any further,” Louw told AFP. Pistorius shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp claiming he mistook her for an intruder.

$420,000: The price at which Pistorius sold his Pretoria home. The athlete had hoped to get at least $470,000

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