JOHANNESBURG – The family lawyer of Oscar Pistorius said on Sunday that the double amputee athlete’s brother is facing a culpable homicide charge for a 2010 road death.
Lawyer Kenny Oldwage would not confirm details of the case Carl Pistorius is facing, but Sunday’s development compounded problems for the family after Oscar was charged with premeditated murder in the Feb. 14 shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Carl Pistorius was allegedly involved in a crash with a woman motorcyclist and he was supposed to be in court last Thursday, as his brother Oscar was facing a bail hearing, according to local media reports.
Oscar Pistorius was released on bail Friday and his brother Carl was seen driving into the home of their uncle Arnold early Sunday in Waterkloof, a wealthy suburb of Pretoria, the nation’s capital, where Oscar 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.
Oscar Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder, but the athlete says he killed his girlfriend accidentally, opening fire after mistaking her for an intruder in his home.
The Pistorius family has yet to react to the accusations that Carl is facing.
On Saturday, the family took steps to lower its profile on social media after someone hacked into the Twitter account of Carl. 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 a notable absent when their uncle Arnold, flanked by Oscar’s sister Aimee, read out a first reaction to the shooting on Feb. 17, even though he was also on the premises.
The three-story house where Pistorius is staying with his aunt and uncle lies on a hill with a sweeping view of Pretoria. It has a large swimming pool and an immaculate garden.
Pistorius was born without fibula bones due to a congenital defect and his legs were amputated when he was 11 months old. He has run on carbon-fiber blades and was originally banned from competing against able-bodied peers because many argued that his blades gave him an unfair advantage. He was later cleared to compete. He is a multiple Paralympic medalist, but he failed to win a medal at the London Olympics, where he ran in the 400 meter race and on South Africa’s 4x400 relay team.