Oscar Pistorius Sells House Where He Killed Girlfriend

PHOTO: Oscar Pistoriuss house at SilverWoods Country Estate on Feb. 14, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa.
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Oscar Pistorius has sold the house where he killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The four-bedroom luxury home in the Silver Woods Estate sold for 4.5 million Rand ($420,000), far less than he was initially asking. Pistorius tried to sell the house in 2011 but withdrew it from the market when there were no buyers. At the time the asking price for the house was 6.5 million Rand. Pistorius testified at his bail hearing that the house was worth 5 million Rand.

Earlier this year Pistorius’ lawyers announced that he wanted to sell the house to cover legal fees for his murder trial.

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The house was bought by a mining consultant.

New owner Louwtjie Lourens told The Times newspaper in South Africa that he plans to live in the house with his family when he retires, but it is believed that the property will be rented out until Lourens finally moves in.

"It is in a safe area and everyone I dealt with was very professional," he told the paper.

The house was the scene of Steenkamp's Valentine's Day death last year that has resulted in Pistorius' riveting murder trial.

PHOTO: Oscar Pistorius attends court at his murder trial for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on St. Valentines Day 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, July 8, 2014.
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PHOTO: Oscar Pistorius attends court at his murder trial for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on St. Valentine's Day 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, July 8, 2014.

Final arguments in the trial will be heard next week. Judge Thokozile Masipa will then indicate when she will hand down a verdict.

The legless athlete known as the Blade Runner for his prosthetic legs claims he thought he was acting in self defense when he fired four shots through the closed bathroom door because he believed the noise he heard in the bathroom was an intruder.

Prosecutors have argued that Pistorius intentionally fired at Steenkamp who was hiding behind the door.

The prosecutor's office said this week that it has filed its final arguments with the court.

"We are ready to argue," said spokesperson Nathi Mcube.

Pistorius' lawyers have until Monday to file their written final arguments.

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