Pistorius: Pics of bloody murder scene emerge
31 May 2013, 16:05
Johannesburg - Pictures have emerged of the inside of
athlete Oscar Pistorius's home, showing the bloody bathroom where his
girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot. (Warning graphic content)
Sky News on Friday broadcast the images showing the toilet that
Steenkamp was apparently sitting on when Pistorius shot her, and the trail of
blood from when he carried her downstairs to the front entrance of the house.
This is the first time the public has seen these images.
There is a panel missing from the toilet door - from when he
broke it down to get to her - and two police markers indicating bullet
holes. Significantly, these bullet holes are below the door handle, correlating
with Pistorius's claim that he was not wearing his prosthetic legs at the time
of the shooting.
Trail of blood
Pistorius claimed during his bail hearing in February that
he got up during the night to bring a fan in, but heard a noise in the bathroom
and believed it was an intruder. He grabbed his gun and fired four shots at the
bathroom door before he realised he had shot Steenkamp.
He then broke down the toilet door with a cricket bat to get
to her and carried her downstairs. The photographs show blood on the
stairs and landing, as well as flecks of blood on a sofa below.
The photographs also show a gift that Steenkamp planned to
give Pistorius for Valentine's Day, along with a card bearing the name Ozzy -
her nickname for him.
Other photographs show footprints in the blood. It emerged
during the bail hearing that the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Hilton
Botha, admitted walking around without protective foot covers, potentially
contaminating the crime scene.
Sky News did not reveal how it obtained the photographs.
Meanwhile, Sky News also revealed that the police officers
involved in the investigation are being questioned following the disappearance of
one of Pistorius's watches from the house.
The police refused to comment to Sky News.