What were flip-flops doing next to ‘Oscar’s side of the bed’?

2014-03-13 17:34

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A pair of sandals stand neatly next to the left side of Oscar Pistorius’ bed, appearing to tell a different story about what happened on the night of Reeva Steenkamp’s death.

The sandals were today shown on crime scene photos during the testimony of Lieutenant Colonel Schoombie van Rensburg, one of the first police officers to arrive on the scene at Pistorius’ house on February 14 last year.

The sandals, or flip-flops, are placed right next to the bed, almost as if they had been taken off by somebody before they went to bed.

Van Rensburg, who was testifying about how he had followed a trail of blood up the steps to Pistorius’ bathroom said he “specifically remembered” seeing the shoes next to the bed.

Also on the left side of the bed, on a chair next to the bed, is an overnight bag.

Samantha Taylor, Pistorius’ ex-girlfriend, last week testified that he always slept on the right side of the bed.

During Taylor’s cross-examination, Barry Roux put it to her, that Pistorius had recently “received treatment for his shoulder causing him to sleep on the left side of the bed”.

Van Rensburg also testified that a magazine holster and magazine were found in a bedside cabinet on the right side of the bed.

An empty gun holster was lying on the bedside table on the left of the bed, as if it had been discarded.

Van Rensburg also testified about the first bullet casing he had found on the scene.

It was not in the bathroom, but in the passageway that led to the bathroom.

Van Rensburg also testified, while being shown crime scene photos, that there was damage to Pistorius’ main bedroom door.

There are two circular marks on the inside edge of the door, just above where the locking bolt would slide into the door jamb.

There was also a hole, where a small projectile appeared to have travelled right through the door.

Friends of Steenkamp covered their mouths in horror and cried at the bloody scenes that unfolded on the television screens in court.

Van Rensburg will continue his testimony-in-chief tomorrow.

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