Written by Bella Dalima
21 Mar, 2014 | 3:54 pm
Oscar Pistorius – the standout athlete now on trial accused of the murder of his girlfriend, plans to sell his Pretoria home “to raise the necessary funds to cover his increasing legal costs,” a statement on his website said Thursday.
The house is where Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead in February 2013. Pistorius hasn’t returned since her death, according to the statement.
A prosecutor in the Pistorius murder case unexpectedly announced Wednesday that he expects to rest early next week.
Pistorius, 27, could take the stand in his defense as early as next week if the case goes ahead as planned. He admits firing the shots that killed his girlfriend but has pleaded not guilty to murder, saying he thought she was a burglar and he believed he was acting in self-defense.
The statement, issued by his media representatives, said the sale of his home was forced by an unexpected extension of the trial from the three weeks initially scheduled.
“It is important to note that Mr. Pistorius has been funding his own defence (sic) from the outset. Due to the delay in finalising (sic) the trial, the decision to urgently dispose of his single biggest asset, has had to be made,” it said.
The house has been kept sealed since it was handed back to Pistorius over a year ago, and the athlete “cannot contemplate ever returning to live there again,” it said.
Some of Pistorius’ neighbors on the estate have been key witnesses in his trial.
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