Oscar’s house of blood

2013-06-01 00:00

LAWYERS for Oscar Pistorius voiced concern yesterday that photographs were leaked showing the bloody aftermath at his home the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), however, said it was not worried.

Sky News yesterday morning posted a video on its website showing photos of the scene where the Blade Runner’s girlfriend was shot on Valentine’s Day.

One of the photos shows the blood-smeared toilet that Steenkamp was allegedly sitting on when she was shot.

Bryan Webber, part of Pistorius’s legal team, said the photos should not be in the public domain.

“It’s the first time that we’ve seen the photos,” said Webber.

“We have asked the NPA at least five times in the last two months for the photos and can’t get access to them.

“It is startling that they’re now in the public domain.”

In the photo of the blood-smeared toilet, the toilet door, missing a panel, can be seen.

Pistorius said in his February bail application he broke one of the door panels after realising Steenkamp could have been in the bathroom.

The photo could have been taken four days after the murder when police were on the scene, after which the door was removed as evidence.

It could also have been taken weeks later when the police accompanied Pistorius’s legal team to his home to replace the door for the prosecution’s expert investigation. The door was later removed again by the police.

On the Sky News video more photos of rooms in Pistorius’s house show blood splatters.

Medupe Simasiku, spokesperson for the NPA, said they would not comment on the video “because it does not worry us”.

Phuti Setati, national spokesperson, said despite the video’s release, their focus remained on the case.

“The police investigation around the Pistorius case is at an advanced stage.

“Nothing will distract our attention or take the focus away from the case,” said Setati, adding that police did not know the origin of the photos.

They will also still decide if it warrants an investigation.

Webber said they had made inquiries with the NPA to find out how the photos were leaked to the media.

Professor Marinus Wiechers, a law expert, said the fact that photos were leaked and were in the public domain “was an absolute rape of [Pistorius’s] right to privacy”, adding that the relationship between the police and an accused was one of trust and photos in a docket must be treated as confidential.

Anneliese Burgess, the Pistorius family’s spokesperson, declined to comment.

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