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Pistorius brother on crash charge
The brother of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is facing a culpable homicide charge related to a 2010 road death, a family lawyer has confirmed.
Kenny Oldwage would not give details of the case Carl Pistorius is facing, but this development is compounding the problems for the family after Oscar was charged with premeditated murder over the February 14 shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Local media reported that Carl Pistorius was allegedly involved in a crash with a woman motorcyclist and that he was to face trial last Thursday, as his brother Oscar was facing a bail hearing.
Oscar Pistorius was released on bail on Friday and his brother Carl was seen early on Sunday driving into their uncle Arnold's affluent villa, where Oscar is staying while on bail.
The problems surrounding his older brother Carl are the latest twist in a case that has transfixed South Africa and much of the world. The latest revelation of the culpable homicide charge immediately created a stir.
"It's also doubly sad because it's involved with Oscar and his brother and all the family - so they have double sort of trouble. So, not good," said Johannesburg resident Jim Plester.
Oscar Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder, but the athlete says he killed his girlfriend accidentally, opening fire after mistaking her for an intruder in his home. The Pistorius family has yet to react to the accusations that Carl is facing.
On Saturday, the family took steps to lower its profile on social media after someone hacked into the Twitter account of Carl. They cancelled all the social media sites for both Oscar's brother and his sister Aimee.
Carl has always been close to Oscar but was notably absent when their uncle Arnold, flanked by Oscar's sister Aimee, read out a first reaction to the shooting on February 17, even though he was also on the premises.
The three-storey house where Pistorius is staying with his aunt and uncle lies on a hill with a sweeping view of Pretoria. It has a large swimming pool and an immaculate garden.