Man accused of Pistorius scam threatened him with 'lengthy sentence'

The former athlete shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day three years ago.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius is greeted by his father Henke at the High Court in Pretoria on 21 October 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - It's emerged the man accused of attempting to extort R250,000 from Oscar Pistorius allegedly threatened the former athlete with a lengthy jail sentence if he didn't co-operate.

The details are contained in the charge sheet, which was submitted during the accused's brief appearance in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

Pistorius returns to court next month to be sentenced as a murderer after his appeal to the Constitutional Court was rejected earlier this month.

The former athlete shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day three years ago.

The State alleges that Tshifhiwa Radzhadzi first called the athlete last Monday claiming to be a member of prosecutor Gerrie Nel's team.

He allegedly offered - for a fee of R250,000 - to help Pistorius with the remaining aspects of his trial to ensure he doesn't return to prison.

The State says Radzhadzi called again last Wednesday, but was agitated, he allegedly told Pistorius he would regret not taking up the offer because he would spend a long time behind bars.

It was then that Pistorius contacted the authorities, who set up a sting operation and arrested the accused on Friday.

The matter has been postponed for two weeks.