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Carl Pistorius pleads not guilty

Carl Pistorius pleaded not guilty to culpable homicide in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrates Court.

Carl Pistorius. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Carl Pistorius pleaded not guilty to culpable homicide in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Oscar Pistorius's older brother was involved in a 2008 accident that led to the death of 36-year-old Marietjie Barnard.

The culpable homicide case was reopened in 2012 after it was thrown out of court shortly after the crash.

The state on Wednesdays called witness Anton Coetzee to the stand to testify about the night Barnard was died.

He gave details about the motorcycle group Barnard belonged to.

Coetzee testified about how they were riding through Vanderbijlpark on the night of March 8.

He was travelling alongside Barnard's motorcycle when it collided with Pistorius's bakkie.

The witness said the road they were riding on was a straight stretch with no blind rises.

Cotzee told the court Barnard's motorcycle was apparently travelling quite closely behind the bakkie.

The accident apparently happened when Pistorius suddenly turned his vehicle.

Coetzee said he too had to slam on breaks to avoid the collision.

'VICTIM WAS DRUNK'

Defence lawyer Kenny Oldwage told the court that the heart of his case was centred on the fact that Barnard was drunk on the night in question.

According to the advocate, two state witnesses revealed they smelt alcohol on her breath.

Oldwage revealed Barnard's medical records showed she was taking anti-depressants and despite this, she was a regular drinker.

He said this was a dangerous combination.

Coetzee denied claims that Barnard was drunk.

Pistorius sat in the dock, avoiding the gaze of those in court.

He was wearing a sharp suit, much like the one worn by his brother Oscar.

The case continues next week.