Police assisted Pistorius’ American forensic investigators

2013-10-03 11:01

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US forensic investigators appointed by murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ defence team were assisted by South African police when examining evidence.

“The residence of Mr Pistorius is no longer a crime scene and was handed back to him long ago,” Lt-Gen Solomon Makgale said today.

Pistorius appeared briefly in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on August 19 for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14 in his Pretoria home.

Makgale said Pistorius’ investigators visited the scene of the crime, Silverwood Estate, his home at the time, on Monday. They had made arrangements with the police beforehand.

“The purpose of this visit was to enable them to have access to the toilet door and to reconstruct the crime scene.”

The investigating officer and a ballistic expert from the police were present.

“This has been the second time that this has been done during the presence of our investigating team.”

Makgale said Pistorius’ team was given controlled access to the evidence.

“The forensic team of Mr Pistorius did not take any evidence from the [SA Police Service] storage facilities nor did they have any evidence in their sole possession at any time.

“In terms of South African law, the State is however obliged to make any exhibit or evidence in its possession available to an accused or defence council, upon request, in order for the accused to prepare for his or her defence.”

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