Pistorius vomits after graphic scene photos shown
Prosecutors in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial showed a sequence of photos show rolex watches ing the blood stains and blood spatter found on the floors, walls, stairs, and chairs in the athlete’s house after he fatally shot his girlfriend.
Close up photographs of Reeva Steenkamp’s face and body prompted gasps from the court and Pistorius to burst into tears and vomit as he sat in the dock.
In one photograph displayed on TV monitors in the courtroom, spots of blood were seen next to some of the double amputee Olympian and multiple Paralympic champion’s golden trophies. The TV screen next to Pistorius who at times held his head in his hands was switched off during the display.
The images were described to the court by GS van Rensburg, a former police colonel who testified as one of the two officers first on the scene after Pistorius killed Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year by shooting her through a closed toilet door in his home.
During his testimony, photographs of Steen kamp’s face and body were shown accidentally to the court, upsetting Pistorius, who vomited into a bucket for the second time since the start of the trial, now in its second week.
Pistorius, 27, has said that he shot 29 year old Steenkamp by mistake, fearing there was a dangerous intruder in the house. The prosecution says he intentionally killed her after an argument.
Van Rensburg described how, on arriving at Pistorius’ house, he saw Steenkamp’s body covered in towels and plastic bags that the daughter of the estate administrator said she had used, with assistance from Pistorius, to try and stop the bleeding.
A tearful Pistorius was pacing in the kitchen, van Rensburg said. The policeman said he asked the athlete what had happened, but he did not answer. Van Rensburg said he asked Pistorius to stay in one a rolex watches rea of the kitchen, which he did.
Police investigator Hil ton Botha also arrived at the home, where blood stains were visible in many areas, according to van Rensburg.
“We then followed the trail of blood up the stairs,” van Rensburg said as chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel led him slowly through the sequence of events that night.
Earlier, a photograph of Pistorius’ blood stained prosthetic legs rolex watches was used by his chief defence lawyer t rolex watches o attempt to show that the athlete was wearing them, as he says, when he broke down a toilet door with a cricket bat to get to the girlfriend he fatally shot.
The image, showing the prosthetic limbs with white socks and stained with Steenkamp’s blood up to the knee, was displayed by lawyer Barry Roux on a TV monitor.
Roux was trying to reinforce the Olympian’s story that he shot the model by mistake and then desperately broke through a locked toilet door to help her.
The prosecution has attempted to cast doubt on parts of Pistorius’ story, including, specifically, that he was wearing his legs when he broke through the toilet door with his bat.