More details emerge on Pistorius altercation

The athlete was involved in an altercation at an upmarket Sandton nightclub on Saturday night.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria after day 21 of his murder trial on 11 April 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

PRETORIA - Eyewitness News understands murder accused Oscar Pistorius was socialising with a former bouncer implicated in a 2002 murder when he got involved in an altercation with a patron.

The incident took place at The VIP Room on Saturday night, a venue known for its high-end clientele and A-list guests.

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Pistorius has confirmed he was involved in the argument and said in a statement through his PR team that a man approached him and aggressively engaged him on matters relating to the trial.

Pistorius said he was at the night club with one of his cousins but Jared Mortimer claims he was with former bouncer Guil Yahav.

Yahav was implicated in the 2002 murder of Patrick Caetano who was bludgeoned to death with a butcher's knife at a Kyalami office park, but he pleaded guilty to assault.

Mortimer says he greeted Yahav, who is a friend of his, who in turn introduced him to Pistorius.

He says the athlete insulted his friends and poked him on the chest before he pushed him backwards off his feet, prompting the bouncers to intervene.

But Pistorius says it was Mortimer who engaged him aggressively on matters related to the trial before he left the nightclub.

The 'Blade Runner' says he regrets the decision to go to a public place which invited the unwelcomed attention.

The athlete's murder trial resumes next month for closing arguments.

The Paralympic and Olympic athlete is accused of murdering Reeva Steenkamp at his luxury Silver Woods Country Estate home in Pretoria East on Valentine's Day last year.

The double amputee says he shot the model by accident, while the state maintains it was a case of premeditated murder.


The argument between Pistorius and Mortimer has some of Johannesburg's most infamous and colourful characters frothing.

Mortimer, who owns the Affliction clothing brand, is close friends with self-confessed hit man Mikey Schultz and former footballer Mark Batchelor.

He's also spent several years as a police reservist in Sandton.

Mortimer and his friends claim Pistorius was in the company of a well-known former bouncer who was once wanted in connection with a high-profile murder.

In the months prior to the Valentine's Day shooting, Pistorius had run-ins with Batchelor and his circle of associates.

The runner allegedly threatened to break Batchelor's legs and the ex-soccer player was summoned to a meeting with several Hawks colonels as a result.

In a world where loyalty and revenge are sacred, Mortimer's friends won't easily forget this latest incident.

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