facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

South Africa: Defense forensics team visits Oscar Pistorius' home

Oct. 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM   |   Comments

PRETORIA, South Africa, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Experts were at paralympian Oscar Pistorius' home in Pretoria, South Africa, to help prepare a defense against charges he killed his girlfriend, police said.

The defense's team of forensics and ballistics experts were at the residence Monday to examine the bathroom door and reconstruct the crime scene, South Africa Police Service Lt. Gen. Solomon Makgale said Thursday in a release.

The double-amputee sprinter known as "the Blade Runner" is accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at his home Feb. 14. He said he thought he was shooting at an intruder when he fired through the closed bathroom door and hit Steenkamp.

"The purpose of this visit was to enable them to have access to the toilet door and to reconstruct the crime scene," he said.

Makgale said the investigating officer and a ballistic expert from the police service were present during the defense experts' visit.

He said Pistorius' experts did not remove any evidence from SAPS storage facilities and didn't have any evidence in their sole position "at any time."

Makgale said Pistorius' home was no longer a crime scene and was "handed back to him long ago."

The trial is expected to begin early next year.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city
2
Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia
3
Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier
4
No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed
5
British Reaper UAVs join the fight against Islamic State British Reaper UAVs join the fight against Islamic State
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback