The older brother of Oscar Pistorius is facing culpable homicide charges, for hitting a female biker during a fatal car crash. Carl Pistorius is facing 15 years in prison for the 2008 incident.
Carl has been by his brother’s side since the Olympian was charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day. According to police, Carl’s alleged reckless driving led to the woman’s death.
Ironically, Carl was due in court last Thursday (Feb.21), the same day that his brother appeared in front a judge in hopes of being freed on bail. The trial has been postponed until March.
Kenny Oldwage, lawyer for both brothers, acknowledged the legal issues following the older Pistorius, saying that he was involved in an accident “in which a woman motorcyclist sadly lost her life.” He also added that “there is no doubt that Carl is innocent and the charge will be challenged in court.”
A blood test confirmed that Carl was not drunk at the time of the accident. “It was a tragic road accident after the deceased collided with Carl’s car,” his lawyer explained, pointing out that the the charges were initially dropped before being reinstated. The victim’s family later came out in opposition to him not facing charges, believing that the situation was not an accident.
This bizarre addition to the Pistorius story, comes days after the lead detective on the 26-year-old’s murder case was removed due to his own attempted murder charges.
Meanwhile, the father of Oscar’s deceased girlfriend has spoken out. “It doesn’t matter how much money he has and how good his legal team is, he will have to live with his conscience if he allows his legal team to lie for him,” the father of the slain model said in an interview. “But if he’s telling the truth, then perhaps I can forgive him one day. If it didn’t happen the way he said it did, he must suffer, and he will suffer … only he knows.”
Oscar asserts that shooting 29-year-old Steenkamp was an accident. Believing that she was a burglar, he shot her several times through a bathroom door. He is also said to have bashed her head in with a cricket bat.
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