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Pistorius to sell home where he shot lover to cover legal fees

Published on Mar 20, 2014 9:22 PM
 
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (right) walks on the thirteenth day of his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on March 19, 2014. Pistorius plans to sell the upmarket Pretoria house where he shot dead his girlfriend last year to cover the legal fees for his murder trial, his lawyer said on Thursday, March 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

PRETORIA (AFP) - Oscar Pistorius plans to sell the upmarket Pretoria house where he shot dead his girlfriend last year to cover the legal fees for his murder trial, his lawyer said on Thursday.

"It has become necessary to sell Mr Pistorius's home in the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria in order for him to raise the necessary funds to cover his increasing legal costs," the 27-year-old's lawyer Brian Webber said in a statement.

"This is due to the unexpected extension of the trial beyond the initial three-week period for which it was originally set down."

The Paralympic athlete has been paying his own legal fees since he shot dead Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, according to the statement.

 
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