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article imageCarl Pistorius, 'Bladerunner' brother, faces own homicide charge

By Yukio Strachan     Feb 24, 2013 in Crime
Johannesburg - The older brother of Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius, charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, is himself facing murder charges in the 2010 death of a woman, South African media reported Sunday morning.
Kenneth Oldwage, the family lawyer of Oscar Pistorius, confirmed to the BBC on Sunday that Carl Pistorius, the brother of the Olympic paraplegic athlete, is accused of culpable homicide in the 2010 death of a female motorcyclist.
The daytime crash took place in the town of Vanderbijlpark, an hour's drive south of Johannesburg, according to the BBC Africa.
Shortly after the incident, prosecutors alleged Pistorius struck and killed the female motorcyclist due to reckless or negligent driving, but the matter was withdrawn, e-News Channel Africa (eNCA) reported.
But e-News Channel Africa writes the charges were later reinstated after the victim's family said they believed it was more than just an accident.
Pistorius's lawyer denies the charge and told the South African TV channel that Carl Pistorius was not drunk. Police conducted tests on Carl Pistorius and he was found to have no alcohol in his blood at the time, the BBC's Milton Nkosi in Johannesburg confirmed Sunday.
Oldwage also said he was confident Carl Pistorius would be acquitted, saying the woman died because she drove into Carl Pistorius’s car, News 24 writes.
Carl "deeply regrets the accident," tweeted BBC reporter Andrew Harding on Sunday, quoting his lawyer.
The charge of culpable homicide, a lesser charge than the premeditated murder case against his brother, carries a possible 15-year prison term, the NY Post reported.
Carl Pistorius was initially scheduled to go on trial Thursday -- the day before his brother Oscar was granted bail. But the trial has been rescheduled for the end of March, which means his trial may end before his younger brother Oscar's is due to begin on June 4.
Pistorius family spokeswoman Janine Hills said she is in touch with the family and will issue a statement about Carl after she meets with the family on Sunday morning.
The latest development comes just after Carl Pistorius's Twitter account was taken down Saturday after it was allegedly claimed his account was taken over by a hacker.
"Carl did not tweet this afternoon, out of respect to Oscar and Reeva," Hills said in an earlier statement. "We are busy cancelling all the social media sites for both Oscar's brother and his sister."
Along with his sister Aimee and father Henke, Carl Pistorius was a constant presence at his Paralympian brother's four-day bail hearing.
Oscar Pistorius, 26, the double-amputee sprinter known as the "Blade Runner," admits killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp,29, in his home, in a gated community in Pretoria, on Valentine's Day but denies premeditated murder, saying he mistook the model and law school graduate who was staying overnight with him for an intruder.
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