Monday 23 October 2017

'Drunk and aggressive' Pistorius involved in nightclub row

Oscar Pistorius: on trial charged with murder. Photo: AP
Oscar Pistorius: on trial charged with murder. Photo: AP
Oscar Pistorius

Natasha Culzac

Oscar Pistorius has been involved in an altercation in a nightclub.

The row occurred with just three weeks before defence and prosecution lawyers give their final arguments in his murder trial.

The double-amputee athlete had visited a nightspot called VIP in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Saturday night when he was approached by a man reportedly called Jared Mortimer, Pistorius' spokesperson confirmed.

"We can confirm that Oscar was at a nightclub with one of his cousins. They sat in a quiet area of the private VIP section when they were approached by the individual . . . identified as Mortimer," Anneliese Burgess said.

"The individual in question, according to our client, started to aggressively engage him on matters relating to the trial.

"An argument ensued during which our client asked to be left alone. Oscar left soon thereafter with his cousin. Our client regrets the decision to go into a public place and thereby inviting unwelcome attention."

But this sequence of events is refuted by Mortimer, who says that a friend of his also present in the VIP section of the club, in fact, introduced him to Pistorius, who he claims was "drunk" and "very aggressive".

The 27-year-old Paralympian is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who he claims he shot after believing her to be an intruder.

The trial has been adjourned until August 8 when closing statements and arguments will take place, before the judge, Thokozile Masipa, considers her verdict. If found guilty of premeditated murder, Pistorius faces at least 25 years in jail. He denies the charge.

Pistorius broke a five-month Twitter silence on Sunday and Monday, sending out four Tweets, one of which was a collage of the athlete with young amputees and the message: "You have the ability to make a difference in someone's life."

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