Oscar covers eyes as bloody photos shown

2014-03-12 20:41
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Pretoria - Murder accused Oscar Pistorius covered his eyes as a photo showing blood smears on his toilet floor was displayed during his trial in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

One of the screens displaying evidence photos is next to Pistorius where is sitting in the dock,

He could look at it by turning his head slightly to his left.

While evidence relating to the toilet door through which he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was discussed, a photo was displayed.

It shows a section of a wooden door panel and a large blood smear on the tiled floor next to it.

The caption reads: "Photo taken on 14 February 2013. Fragment on floor tiles of toilet."

Pistorius was unable to look at the image and kept his right hand over his eyes until it was replaced by another photo.

Barry Roux, for Pistorius, was questioning police forensic expert Colonel Johannes Vermeulen about the toilet door at the time.

Pistorius tried to break open the door of his toilet with a cricket bat after he shot and killed his girlfriend Steenkamp through it.

He claims he thought she was an intruder.

Vermeulen is the commander of the material analysis sub-section at the forensic science laboratory.

He told the court he had more than 29 years of experience in scientific analysis and completed almost 1 400 forensic investigations.

Pistorius is accused of the murder of model and law graduate Steenkamp in his home on 14 February last year.

He is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and two counts of discharging a firearm in public.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On 30 September 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

- SAPA
Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  barry roux  |  crime  |  pistorius trial
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