JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The brother of Olympic star OscarPistorius is facing a culpable homicide charge for a 2008 road death, compounding problems for the family after the double-amputee runner was charged with premeditated murder in the Feb. 14 shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Lawyer Kenny Oldwage said in a statement that Carl Pistoriuis had been involved in a car accident “in which a woman motorcyclist sadly lost her life.” He said that “there is no doubt that Carl is innocent and the charge will be challenged in court.”
OscarPistorius was released on bail Friday, and his Carl Pistorius was seen driving into the home of their uncle Arnold early Sunday in Waterkloof, an affluent suburb of Pretoria, the nation’s capital, where Oscar Pistorius is now staying.
The problems surrounding his older brother Carl are the latest twist in a case that has transfixed South Africa and much of the world. Sunday’s revelation of the culpable homicide charge immediately created a stir.
“It’s also doubly sad because it’s involved with Oscar and his brother and all the family — so they have double sort of trouble. So, not good,” said Johannesburg resident Jim Plester.
He said the charges had initially been dropped, only to be reinstated later.
On Saturday, the family took steps to lower its profile on social media after someone hacked into Carl’s Twitter account. They cancelled all the social media sites for both Oscar’s brother and his sister, Aimee.
Carl has always been close to Oscar but was notably absent when their uncle Arnold, flanked by Oscar’s sister, read out a first reaction to the shooting on Feb. 17, even though he was also on the premises.
The character of OscarPistorius also continued to take center stage. For many, it mirrors his public appearances as an articulate, well-spoken advocate for Paralympic athletes facing hardship. Witness statements backing up OscarPistorius as a down-to-earth guy were presented at the hearing.
Others have described him as a reckless risk taker who has been in trouble before, such as a boat accident in 2009 which put him into a hospital intensive care unit.
On Sunday, a South African man who said Steenkamp had stayed at his home since September, described Oscar Pistorius as moody and impatient. Cecil Myers, whose daughter was close friends with Steenkamp, said in an interview published Sunday in the City Press newspaper, that OscarPistorius will have the killing of Steenkamp on his conscience. “I hope he gets a long sentence. Gets what he deserves,” Mr. Myers said.