Pistorius' Brother Goes on Trial in Woman's Death
Carl Pistorius in court today over 2008 road death
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 27, 2013 8:06 AM CDT
In this Feb. 19, 2013 file photo, Carl Pistorius, and Henke Pistorius attend Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

(Newser) – Oscar Pistorius' brother went on trial in a South African court today for the death of a woman in a road collision in 2008. Carl Pistorius, who faces a charge of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, wore a dark suit and was accompanied by his sister, Aimee. Oscar Pistorius was not present, and hasn't been seen in public since he was granted bail on Feb. 22. His lawyers plan to challenge his bail restrictions tomorrow.

The magistrate today ruled reporters could attend Carl Pistorius' trial but turned down national broadcaster SABC's request to air proceedings, saying he wanted to guard against "emotional hype." "He's not a celebrity in his own right," the magistrate said of Carl Pistorius, adding: "Apologies to you, sir." Carl Pistorius smiled and nodded. Prosecutors say Carl Pistorius was driving an SUV in March 2008 when he collided with a female motorcyclist, who later died. Although the culpable homicide charge against him was initially dropped, it was reinstated this year because forensic evidence and reports from the scene became available.

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jcdoherty
Mar 27, 2013 7:56 PM CDT
Only 5 YEARS??? for evidence and the reports to become available??? Must be one hell of a backlog in the forensics dept or some serious cronyism and cash to get the charges dropped and the evidence made "unavailable" I'm willing to bet those charges would have just quietly faded away if it were not for the spotlight on the pistorius family.
shesfireandice
Mar 27, 2013 2:23 PM CDT
I'm so happy to know that, with the limited amount of space allotted for the article's details, the author chose to inform us that Mr. Pistorius "wore a dark suit". Truly scintillating copy. I look forward to more wardrobe updates with bated breath.
clmsman
Mar 27, 2013 12:02 PM CDT
South Africa highest murder rate in the world at 50 per day, highest rape rate in the world also sound like a garden spot good thing all those racist white people that were keeping order were sent packing.