Police assisted Pistorius's investigators

2013-10-03 09:06
Oscar Pistorius in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. (File, AFP)

Oscar Pistorius in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. (File, AFP)

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Johannesburg - US forensic investigators appointed by murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius's defence team were assisted by South African police when examining evidence, the police said on Thursday.

"The residence of Mr Pistorius is no longer a crime scene and was handed back to him long ago," Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said.

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

Makgale said Pistorius's investigators visited the scene of the crime, Silverwood Estate, Pistorius's 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 that Pistorius's 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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