Friday, 14 March 2014

Oscar Pistorius trial: Haunting Photograph showing Blade Runner covered in blood after shooting Reeva Steenkamp emerges in court

The image of a topless Pistorius, with blood on the lower half of his body, was shown to the court this morning

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Aftermath: The picture of Pistorius shown in court

This is Oscar Pistorius - his lower half covered in blood - in the hours after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The haunting image was shown to a court this morning during day 10 of the Paralympian's trial for the murder of the 29-year-old model.
The man known as the Blade Runner admits shooting Reeva, but denies murder, claiming he mistook her for an intruder.
The photograph was taken by police after they were called to Pistorius' home in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013, and shows him bare-chested, wearing his prosthetic legs and grey shorts.
The right leg of his shorts is soaked in blood.
A second image, also shown to the court, showed a large tattoo on the accused's back, and his upper arm smeared with blood.

Blood is splattered all over the toilet where Miss Steenkamp was shot by Pistorius
A substantial amount of blood was found in the toilet bowl. The trial was expected to examine whether Miss Steenkamp was sitting on the toilet at the time she was shot
Blade Runner covered in blood after shooting Reeva Steenkamp
Evidence shown at the Oscar Pistorius trial
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The court has been hearing further evidence from Colonel Schoombie Van Rensburg - one of the first policeman on the scene at Pistorius' apartment.
He admitted to the court that two of the Paralympian's watches had gone "missing" within minutes of a police forensics team arriving at the house.
He described how he had seen a blood-stained box of eight designers watches when he first went into Pistorius' bedroom.
Mr Van Rensburg said he'd thought to himself, "those watches were tempting... any other person would see they are expensive", and asked the police photographer to keep an eye on them.
But after Pistorius was arrested and taken away from the scene, the detective said he went back into the main bedroom and found a forensic team had begun work without him.
It was then he noticed a watch was missing from the box, and a second one is also said to have disappeared.
He took all of officers into the garage and searched them, their bags and their vehicles, but there was no sign of them.
Mr Van Ransburg said he was "furious", and ensured each person who entered the crime scene from then on was properly documented.

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