Oscar's elder brother too facing trial for homicide

Feb 25, 2013, 02:37 IST | AFP

The older brother of South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius � accused of murdering his girlfriend � has been charged over a deadly road crash five years ago, the family confirmed yesterday.

“Carl Pistorius, brother of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, faces charges of culpable homicide after a 2008 road accident in which a woman motorcyclist sadly lost her life,” the family said.

Carl Pistorius
Carl Pistorius

His trial had been due to start on last Thursday, a day before his famous brother was granted bail on a charge of premeditated murder for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Carl Pistorius’ case has been adjourned to the end of March, meaning he will likely go on trial before Oscar.

The 28-year-old “deeply regrets” the March 2008 incident, the family said. Tests showed no alcohol in his blood at the time of the accident.  Prosecutors reinstated the charges after they were initially dropped. 

Go to top