Oscar Pistorius' brother Carl facing traffic death charge
Another twist from Pretoria: elder brother faces homicide charge over motorcyclist's death
THE elder brother of Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympian sprinter accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, is also facing charges over the death of a woman, it has emerged in another twist to the Pistorius saga.
Brother’s trial: It was revealed over the weekend that 28-year-old Carl Pistorius (pictured above left with sister Aimee), who attended court in Pretoria last week for his brother's bail hearing, is facing a charge of culpable homicide over the death of a female motorcyclist in a traffic accident in 2008. The case has no relation to the charges against his younger brother for the murder of his 29-year-old girlfriend, shot on Valentine's Day.
Carl Pistorius, who appeared in court over the matter the day before Friday’s judgment in Oscar’s bail hearing, denies the charge of culpable homicide, his lawyer said. He is due to appear in court again in March.
'Oscar spoiled for fights': South African footballer and TV presenter Marc Batchelor has claimed that Oscar Pistorius "regularly spoiled for fights with other men," The Times reports. Batchelor has revealed details of a public confrontation he had with the sprinter last year after he stepped in to defend a friend who was having a row with the double-amputee over a mutual female friend.
Batchelor got two calls from Pistorius in the days after the confrontation in which the sprinter threatened to "f*** him up". The row with Batchelor and the subsequent telephone calls were mentioned at Pistorius's bail hearing when chief magistrate Desmond Nair concluded that the Paralympian's threats to Batchelor were "not in dispute".
'He was very moody’: Another insight into Oscar Pistorius's temperament was provided by Cecil Myers, with whose family Reeva Steenkamp lived in Johannesburg - she called him "my Joburg dad". Myers described the Paralympian as "hasty, impatient and very moody" in an interview with the South African newspaper City Press.
Myers also claimed that Steenkamp had confided in him that she felt the athlete was moving too fast in their relationship. "She told me he pushed her a bit into a corner," he said. "She felt caged in. I told her I would talk to him. I told him not to force himself on her. Back off."
Pistorius was due to appear at a Pretoria police station today as one of the conditions of his bail.