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6 Oct 2014
9:03 am

Pistorius family’s rhino horns stolen

Five rhino horns have been stolen from Arnold Pistorius, the uncle of culpable homicide-convicted Oscar Pistorius.

FILE PICTURE: Arnold, uncle of paralympian Oscar Pistorius, listens to judgment being handed down at the High Court in Pretoria on Friday, 12 September 2014. Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide. Judge Thokozile Masipa further ruled that he was acquitted on charges of illegal possession of ammunition and one of the charges on the illegal discharge of a firearm in a public place.But he was found guilty on the illegal discharge of a firearm in a restaurant called Tashas in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg in January 2013.Picture:Alon Skuy/Times Media Group/Pool

Anneliese Burgess, spokeswoman for the Pistorius family, confirmed the theft from a walk-in safe at Arnold’s business premises in Waterkloof in Pretoria, Beeld newspaper reported on Monday.

The theft was reported to the Brooklyn police station two weeks ago, Burgess told the Afrikaans daily.

“It was our own rhinos’ horns that were stolen. The rhinos were dehorned because we were concerned that they would be poached for their horns,” she said, adding that the family was in possession of all the required permits for the horns.

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide last month for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he said he believed was an intruder in his house.