Oscar Pistorius Selling Home Where He Shot Reeva Steenkamp to Pay Legal Bills

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Posted by: Newswalle

Oscar Pistorius is selling the house where he killed Reeva Steenkamp to raise money for his legal bills, the athlete’s lawyer said Thursday.

Pistorius has not returned to the upscale Pretoria villa since the day he shot his girlfriend in a bathroom over a year ago and “cannot contemplate ever returning to live there again,” lawyer Brian Webber said.

Pistorius had planned to keep his home “sealed” until after his ongoing murder trial, Webber said, but it is now necessary to sell it to fund his defense because the double amputees study is more than the first three-week period, the last predicted.

“Due to the delay in finalizing the trial, the decision to urgently dispose of his single biggest asset has had to be made,” Webber said in a statement.

Pistorius valued the house at $456,000 at his bail hearing last year. He has not been there again as it returned to him by police over a year ago, Webber said. The house is sold by the real estate office of Pistorius longtime track coach, Ampie Louw, who first convinced a teenager Pistorius, that he had a talent for running.

Pistorius murder trial was originally scheduled from 3 March – 20 March run, but prosecutors are still presenting evidence and expect their case on until the middle of next week. Then Pistorius will appoint defense witnesses. The high-profile trial is expected to run into April and possibly longer.

The Olympic silver medalist with premeditated murder after fatally shooting Steenkamp on a bathroom stall door in an upstairs bathroom in the early morning hours of 14 February last year charged. Pistorius, 27, plädierte auf nicht schuldig, und er sagt Steenkamp, ??29, erschossen durch Fehler, denken sie ein Eindringling in seinem Haus war.

Pistorius is of two of South Africa’s best-known advocates in his trial, Barry Roux and Kenneth Oldwadge defended, while his court team includes at least three other lawyers, including his family lawyer Webber, forensic and ballistic specialists.

Webber said he issued the statement “to pre-empt speculation in the public and the media, and to state the reasons for this decision.”

Pistorius’s representatives say he has funded his own defense from the start. He has worked with his uncle, Arnold Pistorius, who lives in the eastern suburbs of the South African capital Pretoria as he released on bail last February.

During his bail hearing reports Pistorius his fortune. He said he belonged to the house where he lived and where he killed his girlfriend in a posh residential complex, and two further houses an empty lot in Langebaan, near Cape Town in the Western Cape Province in Pretoria. The other three properties had a total value of $ 300,000, Pistorius Said. He also listed other assets and cash investments worth around $140,000.

Pistorius, a multiple Paralympic champion and once a poster boy for disabled sport, said he earned just over $500,000 a year from his running but he hasn’t competed since 2012, and big-name sponsors like Nike and sunglasses maker Oakley cut ties with him soon after he was arrested and charged with murder for shooting Steenkamp three times with his 9-millimeter pistol.

Pistorius faces going to prison for 25 years to life if he is convicted on the murder free. His trial was postponed Wednesday and will resume on Monday, where the prosecution say it is with his last four or five witnesses wrap up its case.

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