Pistorius to sell crime scene

The athlete’s lawyer said he plans to sell the house where he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp.

An overhead view of Silver Woods Estate in Pretoria. Picture: Carte Blanche.

JOHANNESBURG - Athlete Oscar Pistorius plans to sell his upmarket Silver Woods Country Estate home in Pretoria to fund his legal fees, his lawyer said in a statement on Thursday.

The Olympic and Paralympic athlete is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the Pretoria East home on Valentine's Day last year.

The 27-year-old claims he killed his 29-year-old girlfriend as he mistook her for an intruder.

Lawyer Brian Webber said in a statement, "It has become necessary to sell Mr Pistorius's home in the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria in order for him to raise the necessary funds to cover his increasing legal costs."

The murder trial, which entered its third week on Monday, reportedly costs the 'Blade Runner' as much as R100,000 a day.

At least three full-time lawyers are representing him in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

The athlete has also reportedly hired forensic and ballistics experts and a crime scene reconstruction company from the United States.

The attorney says Pistorius has been funding his own defence from the start, but due to the delay in finalising the matter, he will have to sell his single biggest asset.

The athlete hasn't returned to the house since the morning of the deadly shooting.

The trial resumes on Monday morning.