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Updated: Brother of Oscar Pistorius charged with culpable homicide

The charge is as a result of a car accident in 2010 in which a female motorcyclist was killed.

Carl Pistorius, right, and Henke Pistorius, the brother and father of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (file photo).
Carl Pistorius, right, and Henke Pistorius, the brother and father of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (file photo).
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Updated 13:50

THE OLDER BROTHER of South African star athlete Oscar Pistorius has been charged with culpable homicide over a car accident in 2010, according to reports in South Africa’s local media.

Carl Pistorius allegedly killed a female motorcyclist while driving outside Johannesburg, the eNews Africa television channel and radio station Eyewitness News reported, citing his lawyer Kenny Oldwage.

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

Carl Pistorius’s trial was pushed back a month, but the specific date is not known.

He had been in court in Pretoria last week with his sister Aimee and father Henke to support his brother.

The 28-year-old Carl “deeply regrets” the incident, the family said. “It was a tragic road accident after the deceased collided with Carl’s car.”

He had no alcohol in his blood at the time of the accident, according to tests, the family added.

Oscar Pistorius, the 26-year-old double amputee athlete known as “Blade Runner” was released on bail on Friday. He is due back in court on 4 June.

He says the shooting of his 29-year-old model girlfriend was an accident and that he mistook her for a burglar.

Comments are disabled as legal proceedings are active.

- © AFP, 2013

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