Alex Mitchley
1 minute read
9 Sep 2014
7:00 am

Carl Pistorius may not be at Oscar’s side during judgement

Alex Mitchley

Carl Pistorius is still in hospital and may not be able to attend the judgement of his brother, murder accused Oscar Pistorius, on Thursday. 

FILE PICTURE: Paralympian and murder-accused Oscar Pistorius (L) gestures as he chats to his brother Carl at the high court in Pretoria on Tuesday, 20 May 2014. Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters/Pool

Family spokesperson Anneliese Burgess said although Carl wants to attend court on Thursday, he may not be able to do so and would have to get the permission of his doctors.

“We will have to see if the doctors allow him out of hospital, he is still undergoing heavy physical therapy to help him regain mobility.”

Carl was involved in a head on collision just outside of Modimolle, Limpopo on 1 August this year.

LIVE VIDEO FEED: Oscar Pistorius Judgment

He suffered poly-trauma injuries during the accident, including lacerations to his heart and liver and he also went into respiratory failure. He was only released from ICU last month.

In 2013, Carl was acquitted on a culpable homicide charge in connection with an accident that took place in 2008. His bakkie collided with Maria Barnard’s bike on 8 March. She passed away in hospital a few days later.

His brother Oscar has pleaded not guilty to murdering his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year. He shot her while she was in the bathroom of his Pretoria home, claiming that he thought she was an intruder.

Judge Thokozile Masipa will be handing down her much-anticipated judgement on Thursday at the Pretoria High Court.