Pistorius brother pleads not guilty over deadly crash
The older brother of South African star sprinter Oscar Pistorius pleaded not guilty at his trial Wednesday over a deadly road crash five years ago.
Carl Pistorius, 28, has been charged with culpable homicide and reckless driving after a 2008 road accident in which a 36-year-old woman motorcyclist was killed.
“I plead not guilty,” he told the court as the trial opened in Johannesburg.
The hearing came a day before his Paralympian hero brother makes a court challenge over the stringent bail conditions imposed on him after the Valentine’s Day killing of his model girlfriend.
Among the conditions imposed on Oscar Pistorius, 26, last month was the surrender of his passport and mandatory drug and alcohol tests.
The athlete known as “Blade Runner” is also banned from returning to his upmarket gated home in Pretoria where he shot Reeva Steenkamp, claiming to have mistaken her for an intruder.
Pistorius, who became the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in last year’s Olympic Games in London, is on bail of one million rand ($108,000, 84,000 euros).
The Johannesburg court dismissed a bid by public broadcaster SABC to be allowed to run live broadcasts of the proceedings involving Carl Pistorius, saying the two brothers’ cases were unrelated and should not be allowed to influence each other.
“This trial pertains to Mr Carl Pistorius not Mr Oscar Pistorius. This is what we are dealing with here,” magistrate Buks du Plessis said.
“These proceedings must not be used or have an influence on any later proceeding against this accused’s brother.”
Lawyer Kenny Oldwage, a member of Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial defence team, is also representing the brother.
Oldwage successfully defended a driver in a high-profile accident in 2010 that killed former president Nelson Mandela’s great-granddaughter Zenani. The driver was acquitted.