Pistorius 'on verge of suicide' , wants to sell Pretoria house

PRETORIA - Murder accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius wants to sell his house in Pretoria where model Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead, a family spokesperson said on Monday.

“He has signalled his intention to sell (the house), but nothing has been done pro-actively to start the process,” Johan van Wyk said.

He said the family would issue a statement on the matter soon.

Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Steenkamp, at the house, in the Silver Woods Country Estate, on Valentine’s Day.

He was granted R1m bail on February 22. His lawyers have argued that he believed there was an intruder in his house.

Pistorius is also “on the verge of suicide,” a close friend says, even as his attorneys are seeking lighter bail terms that would allow Pistorius to travel.

Oscar, free on bail but charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, is the subject of a new BBC3 documentary, Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened.

Pistorius maintains that he shot Steenkamp by accident, but South African police believe he intentionally killed her in the course of a heated argument.

In the course of the BBC3 documentary, Pistorius family friend Mike Azzie has some dire words about the Olympic and Paralympic star: “I would say that, just speaking to him, that he is a broken man and that I would go as far to say that he would be on the verge of suicide. It really worries me.”

Azzie also notes that Pistorius continues to speak of Steenkamp, asking friends to pray for her and her family. But there’s no force behind his words: “He has no confidence in his tone of voice,” Azzie says.

“He is just a man that is almost like someone that is walking around in circles and doesn’t know where he is going.”

Meanwhile, Pistorius’ lawyers have filed a request with the court to ease the bail restrictions on Pistorius, allowing him to travel outside the country with appropriate permission. They maintain that he is not a flight risk and should be allowed to travel.

Pistorius’ legal bills are mounting; local reports indicate that he has had to sell racehorses to pay legal bills. Police are reportedly not interested in striking a plea bargain deal with Pistorius’ lawyers for any lesser charges. — Yahoo!sports

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