Carl Pistorius, Brother To Oscar, Is Facing A Homicide Trial For A 2010 Road Death

Oscar Pistorius Brother Carl Facing Homicide Trial: New Anguish For Family

The older brother of South African Paralympic and Olympic athletic star Oscar Pistorius, who is himself accused of murdering his girlfriend, has been charged with culpable homicide for a 2010 road death.

Carl Pistorius, 28, was allegedly involved in a fatal collision with a woman motorcyclist while driving in the town of Vanderbijlpark, an hour’s drive south of Johannesburg, BBC News reports.

His trial had been due to begin last Thursday, a day before his famous brother was granted bail on a charge of premeditated murder over the Valentine’s Day killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

However, the trial has been pushed back a month and he is due to appear in court again at the end of March.

The Pistorius’ family lawyer, Kenny Oldwage, would only confirm that Carl is facing culpable homicide charges. But he refused to go into details.

“There is no doubt that Carl is innocent and the charge will be challenged in court,” Mr Oldwage said in a statement. “Carl deeply regrets the incident.”

Oldwage said police conducted tests on Carl Pistorius and he was found to have no alcohol in his blood at the time. He added that charges brought after the accident were dropped but were later reinstated by South African prosecutors.

Carl Pistorius holds a computer science degree at the University of London and another in accounting at Pretoria University, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.

The shocking announcement adds to the Pistorius family’s problems even as Oscar Pistorius, the 26-year-old double amputee athlete known as “Blade Runner,” was released on one million rand ($112,770) bail on Friday. He is due back in court on June 4.

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