Oscar Pistorius’ brother ‘badly hurt’ in car crash

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Carl Pistorius, the brother South African athlete and murder accused Oscar Pistorius, has been “badly hurt” in a accident, his family said,

Local media he is in intensive care after a head-on collision near Pretoria.

The incident comes six days before Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial is set to resume.

Oscar Pistorius denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, saying he shot her believing she an intruder.

On Friday it announced the athlete had sold the Pretoria house where the took place to help cover his legal fees.

The house sold for 4.5-million rand ($418,000; £249,000), slightly below the estimated value 5-million rand.

‘Father figure’ [eap_ad_1] Carl Pistorius, 29, “ badly hurt but we are thankful he is out danger” his family said in a statement.

His had been hit by another vehicle which had swerved from the opposite side of the , the statement added.

South African media reported that he sustained multiple fractures and suffered internal bleeding.

Mr Pistorius and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp had been dating for three before the fatal Carl Pistorius has been a near-constant presence at his younger brother’s murder trial.

The athlete has described how Carl became a “father figure” for himself and his sister after parents’ marriage broke down and mother died.

In May last year Carl Pistorius was acquitted of culpable homicide over the of a motorcyclist in South Africa in 2008.

The Oscar Pistorius trial is set to resume on 7 August, both teams expected to present closing arguments.

The prosecution says the athlete deliberately shot her after an argument at his on 14 February 2013.

If found guilty of murder, the 27-year-old, who went on trial on 3 March, could face life imprisonment.

If he is acquitted of that charge, the court will consider an alternative charge of culpable homicide, for which he could – if convicted – receive about 15 years in prison. (BBC)