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Pistorius was 'unwise' to visit nightclub where he was caught in brawl: Family

Published on Jul 16, 2014 3:32 PM
 
A file picture taken on July 1, 2014, shows South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius sitting in the dock during his murder trial in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius' visit to a nightclub while on a charge of murdering his girlfriend was "unwise", his family admitted after the sprinter was involved in a drunken brawl. -- PHOTO: AFP

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius' visit to a nightclub while on a charge of murdering his girlfriend was "unwise", his family admitted after the sprinter was involved in a drunken brawl.

Pistorius, who is on bail during a break in his trial, suffers from an "escalating sense of loneliness and alienation," the family said in a statement on Tuesday night. "This, we believe, is underlying some of his self-harming behaviour."

Local media reported that Pistorius was evicted from the VIP section of a plush Johannesburg nightclub at the weekend after an altercation with another patron, Jared Mortimer.

Mortimer said the sprinter, known internationally as the "Blade Runner", became aggressive and started poking him in the chest. He responded by pushing the double-amputee, who stumbled over a chair and fell to the ground, he said.

 
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