South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who's currently standing trial in his home country in connection with the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, is now the subject of a complaint for comments he allegedly made to a friend of Steenkamp.
Barry Bateman of Eyewitness News reports an attorney for Kim Myers claims the track star made a "sinister" comment in her direction while leaving the court:
The Myers family, through their attorney Ian Levitt, says Pistorius asked Kim Myers, in what he described as a sinister tone, "how do you sleep at night?" when he was walking out of the dock and past the public gallery.
The alleged remarks have led to a formal complaint being filed with the National Prosecuting Authority. Myers' mother was seen reporting the incident to authorities a short time after a reporter witnessed him talking to the family.
Pistorius denied making that or any other comments directed toward the family. He stated he passed by the family like has happened multiple times before during the extended trial and said the claims of further comments are false.
Bateman also noted members of the family were listed as state witnesses in the case:
#OscarTrial Kim and Gina Myers were friends of Reeva Steenkamp. They were both listed as state witnesses. BB— Barry Bateman (@barrybateman) May 6, 2014
Pistorius has maintained his innocence throughout the trial. He admits shooting and killing Steenkamp, but claims he did so in self-defense fearing of an intruder. Elisha Fieldstadt of NBC News reports the case had just resumed on Monday after a 17-day hiatus:
Following weeks of drama fit for the big screen—which was broadcast on small screens in South Africa and around the world—chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel called for a break, citing schedule conflicts. Judge Thokozile Masipa approved because the case was dragging on longer than she had expected.
There is no timetable for the case to reach a conclusion despite already advancing well beyond the initial expectations. It's also unclear how the alleged comments directed toward Myers could impact the trail, if at all.
The NBC News report notes Pistorius would face a minimum of 15 to 25 years in prison if found guilty of premeditated murder. Charges with lesser punishments are also on the table.