Convicted killer Oscar Pistorius is reportedly unable to pay his laywer’s fees and a dispute is brewing over the massive bill.
Pistorius last week was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.
According to a City Press report, Pistorius racked up a bill of R17.5-million during his high-profile trial for the services of Advocate Barry Roux.
His legal team – led by Roux and including Advocate Kenny Oldwage and attorney Brian Webber – has apparently being representing him free of charge for the past two months.
City Press reported that the fees included not only his legal representation, but also the some of the expert witnesses that testified in his trial.
The athlete sold his car, his home in the Silver Woods Country Estate, two smaller properties and a vacant lot in Langebaan to pay his bills.
It is a rapid fall for Pistorius, who was estimated to have earned around R20-million a year before the 2012 London Olympics.
The newspaper also reported that his uncle Arnold Pistorius is not keen to pay the bill, which was sent to him, because his nephew is unable to afford it.
According to the report, Arnold believes the responsibility lies with Oscar to pay the legal fees.