Walking on crime scene unprofessional - analyst

2014-04-15 16:23
The bullet-riddled toilet door through which Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Sttenkamp. (Antoine de Ras, AP)

The bullet-riddled toilet door through which Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Sttenkamp. (Antoine de Ras, AP)

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Oscar contradicts himself - expert

2014-04-15 10:25

Criminal law expert William Booth says Oscar Pistorius crumbled under Gerrie Nel's cross examination by presenting different versions of what happened on February 14.WATCH

Pretoria - Leaving shoe prints on a crime scene was "most unprofessional", a former police forensic analyst testified in murder accused Oscar Pistorius's trial on Tuesday.

Advocate Barry Roux for Pistorius, asked Roger Dixon in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria about shoe prints visible in photos of the toilet door through which the Paralympian shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February last year.

He is charged with murdering her.

When Pistorius broke down the door with his cricket bat after shooting through it, the panels fell to the floor.

The force of the blows shook loose plaster dust from the wall, into which the first police officers on the scene stepped.

Roux asked Dixon what the marks said about preservation of a crime scene.

"It is most unprofessional when you get to the crime scene. Unless there's a need to save a life... there's no need to walk on a crime scene.

"Walking over panels, in my experience of crime scenes, it's unfortunate."

Dixon went on to discuss the effects of Black Talon bullets on meranti wood.

Pistorius sat upright and listened as Dixon used terms like "intermediate target" and "secondary missiles".

As soon as Dixon moved on to discussing bullet wounds in Steenkamp's body, beginning with the phrase "when the body of the deceased was washed", Pistorius pinched the bridge of his nose, leaned forward, and pressed his thumbs into his ears.

Pistorius says he mistook her for an intruder about to come out and attack him.

Pistorius is furthermore charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act, on which he has also denied guilt.

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

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