Carl Pistorius, the elder brother of murder-accused Olympic and Paralympic athletics star Oscar Pistorius, was back in a South Africa courtroom on Wednesday (March 27th) as he faces a culpable murder charge following the death of a motorcyclist in 2008.

The case is unrelated to the Valentine's Day shooting of his younger brother's girlfriend.

Flanked by a member of his legal team as he arrived at the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate Court near Johannesburg, Carl Pistorius was supported by his younger sister Aimee.

The pair embraced inside the court house before the trial began.

Carl attracted little publicity until the arrest of his brother propelled the family into the glare of a global media spotlight.

Carl and Aimee, along with their father Henke, appeared in court to support Oscar at last month's dramatic bail hearing.

Oscar was granted bail after being charged with the pre-meditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He denies the charge, saying he believed he was shooting at an intruder.

The younger Pistorius brother was born lacking bones in his lower legs, leading to amputation and carbon fibre blades.

As the Paralympian "Blade Runner", who competed with able-bodied athletes at last year's London Olympics, reaching the semi-final of the 400 metres, he became a symbol of triumph over adversity.

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