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Pistorius: Pics of bloody murder scene emerge

31 May 2013, 14:08

Johannesburg - Pictures have emerged of the inside of athlete Oscar Pistorius's home, showing the bloody bathroom where his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot.

Sky News on Friday broadcast the images showing the toilet that Steenkamp was apparently sitting on when Pistorius shot her, and the trail of blood from when he carried her downstairs to the front entrance of the house.

This is the first time the public has seen these images.

There is a panel missing from the toilet door - from when he broke it down to get to her - and two police markers indicating bullet holes. Significantly, these bullet holes are below the door handle, correlating with Pistorius's claim that he was not wearing his prosthetic legs at the time of the shooting.

Trail of blood

Pistorius claimed during his bail hearing in February that he got up during the night to bring a fan in, but heard a noise in the bathroom and believed it was an intruder. He grabbed his gun and fired four shots at the bathroom door before he realised he had shot Steenkamp.

He then broke down the toilet door with a cricket bat to get to her and carried her downstairs. The photographs show blood on the stairs and landing, as well as flecks of blood on a sofa below.

The photographs also show a gift that Steenkamp planned to give Pistorius for Valentine's Day, along with a card bearing the name Ozzy - her nickname for him.

Other photographs show footprints in the blood. It emerged during the bail hearing that the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Hilton Botha, admitted walking around without protective foot covers, potentially contaminating the crime scene.

Sky News did not reveal how it obtained the photographs.

Meanwhile, Sky News also revealed that the police officers involved in the investigation are being questioned following the disappearance of one of Pistorius's watches from the house.

The police refused to comment to Sky News.


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