Police Accused Of Misconduct In Pistorius' Trial
PRETORIA, South Africa – Police images of Oscar Pistorius standing on his bloodstained prosthetic legs and carrying shorts covered in blood, taken shortly after the athlete fatally shot his girlfriend, were shown to the court docket at his murder trial Friday.
Prosecutors displayed two photos on TV displays within the courtroom. In a single, the Olympic athlete, who is shirtless, is standing facing the digital camera wearing his prosthetics. There are bloodstains as much as the knees of his limbs and his shorts are also bloodied, however his chest appears to be clean of blood.
A second photograph shows Pistorius from the waist up and from the left facet, also with blood evident on his shorts and components of his physique. The images were taken in the storage of the Paralympian's Pretoria house, a former policeman testified. Pistorius is charged with homicide within the killing of Reeva Steenkamp inside the house in the early hours of Valentine's Day last yr.
Former police colonel G.S. van Rensburg described the early part of the police investigation into the capturing following his arrival at the scene about 30 to forty minutes after prosecutors say Pistorius killed Steenkamp.
The prosecution says Pistorius intentionally killed Steenkamp in an upstairs toilet after a loud argument and then tried to cowl it up by saying he thought the 29-year-old mannequin was an intruder. Pistorius, 27, maintains the killing was unintended and has pleaded not guilty to all prices against him.
Van Rensburg, the previous commander at a police station near Pistorius' home, said he didn't arrest Pistorius immediately after discovering Steenkamp had been shot useless, but did warn him to remain at the house.
"I informed him I noticed him as a suspect at that stage," van Rensburg stated. "I warned him of his rights. I stated to him I wasn't arresting him at that stage… I requested him to remain current at all times on the scene."
He did not describe Pistorius' reactions intimately but mentioned that the runner's brother, Carl, sister, Aimee, and a lawyer arrived on the house.
Van Rensburg also mentioned that, at one point in the course of the investigation, he turned around within the bathroom to see that the firearms expert had handled the gun used in the capturing and taken the journal out of the weapon with out utilizing gloves.
"I asked him, 'What are you doing?'" van Rensburg testified. The officer realized his error, apologized, put the magazine back within the gun and laid it on the mat the place it was on the ground, van Rensburg mentioned. He then took the gloves out of his chest pocket, and once more picked up the gun, in accordance with van Rensburg. "I was very angry," he mentioned.
Van Rensburg also testified Friday that one in all Pistorius' watches was apparently stolen from the crime scene that night time. About eight costly watches had been found in a blood-spattered box in Pistorius' bedroom upstairs, mentioned van Rensburg, who additionally stated that he warned fellow officers the watches must be observed carefully as a result of they may very well be tempting to anyone moving through the crime scene.
Pistorius' sister asked whether or not she may take one of the watches, leaving seven in place, he stated. However van Rensburg stated another watch went missing while he was out of the room, prompting him to order the frisking of all the police forensic specialists on the scene, as well as a search of their luggage and autos, and your complete house.
Van Rensburg, who recalled that one of the officers had estimated the cost of one watch at near $10,000, said he then opened a case of theft after the watch was not found.
Later, he stated, Pistorius' brother requested whether or not he could take the watches. Van Rensburg stated he would as a substitute hand the watches directly to Oscar Pistorius, however with out the box, which was still being analyzed. Whereas doing so, he requested Pistorius to tell him if anything went missing, however nothing else was reported stolen.
On Thursday, photographs of bloodstains on the partitions, flooring and furniture in Pistorius' house had been displayed in court, prompting Pistorius to look away from TELEVISION displays showing the pictures. The screen in front of Pistorius was switched off Thursday and remained off for the testimony Friday morning.
Pistorius, the first double amputee to run at the Olympics, faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of homicide in Steenkamp's killing.