Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during court proceedings
at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. REUTERS/Leon
Oscar Pistorius will sell the luxury Pretoria home in
which he shot and killed his girlfriend to pay his legal
expenses due to an unexpected delay in the trial, his lawyer
The Olympic and Paralympic athlete is on trial for the murder
of 29-year old model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp on
Valentine's Day 2013. He has pleaded not guilty, saying he
mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.
Pistorius has been forced to sell his home in the upmarket
Silver Woods estate because the legal process is likely to
take longer than the three weeks initially indicated by the
state, Brian Webber, the lawyer handling the sale, said in a
"It has become necessary to sell Mr. Pistorius' home in the
Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria in order for him to
raise the necessary funds to cover his increasing legal
costs," Webber said.
"Mr. Pistorius has been funding his own defence from the
outset. Due to the delay in finalising the trial, the
decision to urgently dispose of his single biggest asset, has
had to be made."
Webber added that the property was handed back to the track
star by the authorities more than a year ago. Although a
decision was taken to keep it sealed until after the trial,
Pistorius had been forced to reconsider.
The track star, nicknamed the "Blade Runner", has not
returned to the house since Steenkamp's killing.
"Mr. Pistorius cannot contemplate ever returning to live
there again," Webber said.
Pistorius' lower legs were amputated as a baby but he went on
to achieve global fame as the "fastest man on no legs,"
running on carbon-fibre prosthetic limbs to win gold medals
at the Beijing and London Paralympics.
He also reached the 400 metres semi-finals at the London 2012
Olympics, competing against able-bodied athletes.
The trial, which began on March 3, was adjourned on Thursday
and Friday due to a national holiday on Friday in South
On Wednesday, the court heard that Steenkamp was first shot
in the hip, not the head, supporting the testimony of earlier
witnesses who said they heard screams during a volley of