updated 03/21/2014 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/21/2014 AT 7:45 AM ET
Pistorius has not returned to the upscale Pretoria villa since the day he shot his girlfriend in a bathroom over a year ago and “cannot contemplate ever returning to live there again,” lawyer Brian Webber said.
Pistorius had planned to keep his home “sealed” until after his ongoing murder trial, Webber said, but it is now necessary to sell it to fund his defense because the double amputee’s trial will last longer than the initial three-week period that was predicted.
“Due to the delay in finalizing the trial, the decision to urgently dispose of his single biggest asset has had to be made,” Webber said in a statement.
Pistorius valued the house at $456,000 at his bail hearing last year. He has not been back there since it was returned to him by police over a year ago, Webber said. The house is being sold by the estate agency of Pistorius’s longtime track coach, Ampie Louw, who first convinced a teenage Pistorius that he had a talent for running.