Carl Pistorius 'deeply regrets' deadly accident
Carl Pistorius’s legal team is convinced he will not be convicted in a culpable homicide case.
PRETORIA - The legal team representing Carl Pistorius in a culpable homicide case says it is confident the Blade Runner's brother will be acquitted once forensic evidence is presented during the trial.
Lawyer Kenny Oldwadge, who is also representing Oscar in his murder case, has confirmed that Carl was due to stand trial on Thursday but that his appearance was postponed to March.
The case is related to an accident involving a female biker in Vanderbijlpark in 2008.
Following the incident, Carl was initially accused of reckless or negligent driving.
The matter was then provisionally withdrawn but later reinstated after the victim’s family said it believed it was more than just an accident.
The publicist representing the Pistorius family, Shavana Mushwana, says Carl deeply regrets the incident.
“Carl deeply regrets the accident. Blood tests conducted by the police at the time, proved he was not under the influence of alcohol. It was a tragic road accident after the deceased collided with Carl’s car.”
Meanwhile, Oscar is due back in court on 4 June in connection with the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Steenkamp was shot dead at Pistorius’s home in Pretoria on Valentine’s Day.
Pistorius has admitted to killing the 29-year-old model but says it was not his intention.
He argues that he thought there was an intruder and he started shooting to protect himself and Steenkamp.
It was only later that he realised there was no intruder and he had shot Steenkamp instead.
Pistorius was released on a R1 million bail on Friday after spending eight nights in a police cell.
He is not allowed to return to his home where the shooting took place or consume alcohol.
He also has to report to the Brooklyn Police Station twice a week.
Meanwhile, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has once again stressed that Pistorius will not be receiving any special treatment as he prepares to stand trial for killing his girlfriend.
It has been reported that Pistorius received preferential treatment at the Brooklyn Police Station where he was kept for the duration of his bail application.
However, Radebe says the Blade Runner will be treated like every other person who stands accused of murder.
“The rule of law reigns supreme in our country. We are guided by the constitution of the republic that indicates the rule of law regardless of who you are in society. Law must take its cause.”
At the same time, criminal lawyer Ian Allis says Pistorius's bail conditions had nothing to do with his popularity or his achievement.
Allis says although the ban on alcohol use as part of the bail conditions was an odd one it may have been justified.
“There are still certain things in the docket that are not privy even the defence is not privy to the full context of the investigation today. They are only privy to certain information that they were able to use in order to go ahead and launch the bail application.”