Tuesday 28 January 2020

Pistorius brother cleared of crash

Carl Pistorius, brother of Oscar has been cleared of causing a fatal crash (AP)
Carl Pistorius, brother of Oscar has been cleared of causing a fatal crash (AP)

The brother of accused murderer and Olympian Oscar Pistorius cried tears of relief as a magistrate acquitted him of culpable homicide in the death of a woman in a car accident.

The magistrate ruled that Carl Pistorius was not negligent and that Maria Barnard was riding her motorcycle too fast when she crashed into the back of his vehicle in 2008. Pistorius' stepmother and sister hugged him in the court.

The prosecution said it had failed to prove its case and would take no further action.

The case attracted interest as it came to court shortly after double-amputee Olympics star Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day.

Oscar Pistorius, 26, is charged with premeditated murder in the shooting he says was accidental because he mistook her for a burglar.

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