Oscar Pistorius' brother Carl pleads not guilty in female motorcyclist road death trial

 

Vanderbijlpark

Carl Pistorius, the sharp suited brother of Paralympian double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, pleaded not guilty to a charge of culpable homicide for the death of a female motorcyclist in a 2008 road collision.

Chewing gum as he took copious notes during witness testimony on the first day of his trial, Carl looked confident, especially as his lawyer Kenny Oldwadge - who also represents his brother Oscar - subjected the state prosecution’s first witness to a thorough cross-examination.

The elder Pistorius brother is accused of driving an SUV recklessly in March 2008, when he collided with a female motorcyclist in Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg, resulting her death six days later, after she was hospitalised for her injuries. Prosecutors say Carl Pistorius swerved his vehicle into Marietjie Barnard, who was overtaking him on her motorcycle, and she had no way to avoid him.

Although the case against Carl was initially removed from the court docket, it was re-added after forensic evidence and reports from the accident scene assisted officers to finalise their investigation, the prosecution said.

The defence, while cross-examining witness Anton Coetzee, a fellow member of Barnard’s motorcycling group who was with her during the incident, suggested that the 36-year-old woman was intoxicated during her ride - which was part of a group excursion - and was driving recklessly herself. Oldwadge said that their case would show, with the testimony of a motor accident reconstruction expert, that Barnard would have had to have been travelling at speeds of over 147 kilometres per hour on the stretch of open road.

Despite some harsh questioning by Oldwage of Coetzee in court, the state prosecution says they remain confident of success. “Remember, when we bring the case to court, we have enough evidence to say it can stand trial. And we can manage to win it if everything goes well, and accordingly,” Medupe Simasiku from the National Prosecuting Authority said.

The Pistorius family last month described the incident as a “tragic accident.”

Carl and his little sister Aimee, dressed in black, who also supported her brother Oscar in court throughout his recent bail hearing, declined to comment to The Independent as to how the family was holding up through both brothers’ legal proceedings.

Carl is expected to appear in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrates Court next on April 3rd, after the continuation of his trial was postponed to allow Oldwadge to be present in a Pretoria High Court today, appealing for changes brother Oscar Pistorius’ bail conditions.

Simasiku says they expect a verdict in Carl’s case within the next two weeks.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Tradewind Recruitment: English Teacher

Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: This post arises as a result of the need to...

Tradewind Recruitment: Class Teacher Required ASAP In Uminster

£120 - £150 per annum: Tradewind Recruitment: I am recruiting on instruction o...

Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Director - London - £70,000

£70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...

Ashdown Group: Marketing Executive - Wimbledon, SW London

£24000 - £28000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Executive - Wim...

Day In a Page

Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore