One Pistorius Brother Is Off the Hook

Carl Pistorius acquitted yesterday of culpable homicide

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 22, 2013 10:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – One Pistorius brother is free of charges—acquitted yesterday of culpable homicide in the death of a woman in a road accident. Carl Pistorius cried tears of relief as the magistrate ruled that the 28-year-old was not negligent and that Maria Barnard, 32, was driving her motorcycle excessively fast when she crashed into the back of his vehicle in March 2008. Pistorius said he felt for Barnard's family, regardless of who was responsible. "I will continue thinking of them while I walk on this Earth."

Brother Oscar Pistorius, meanwhile, is not expected to compete for the rest of the year while he focuses on his own looming murder case. He is due back in court on June 4 and expected to stand trial before the end of the year. His coach told reporters this week that Pistorius has turned down invitations to take part in major international athletic events. He said Pistorius is working out with his family each morning but is not "psychologically ready" to train, let alone compete.

Carl Pistorius, brother of Oscar Pistorius, accused of murder, stands inside the court for his culpable homicide case at the Magistrate Court in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa on Tuesday May 21, 2013.
Carl Pistorius, brother of Oscar Pistorius, accused of murder, stands inside the court for his culpable homicide case at the Magistrate Court in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa on Tuesday May 21, 2013.   (Themba Hadebe)
Carl Pistorius stands inside the court for his culpable homicide case at the Magistrate Court in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Carl Pistorius stands inside the court for his culpable homicide case at the Magistrate Court in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.   (Themba Hadebe)
Olympian Oscar Pistorius, foreground, stands following his bail hearing, as his brother Carl, left, and father Henke, second from left, look on.
Olympian Oscar Pistorius, foreground, stands following his bail hearing, as his brother Carl, left, and father Henke, second from left, look on.   (AP Photo)
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