Bloody photos of Reeva Steenkamp shown at Pistorius' murder trial

March 13, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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PRETORIA, South Africa, March 13 (UPI) -- Photographs of Reeva Steenkamp after she was fatally shot in South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius' home were shown for the first time in court Thursday.

The close-ups of Steenkamp's face and body were shown briefly on a screen in the Pretoria courtroom, prompting Pistorius to cry and vomit as he did during testimony about Steenkamp's autopsy earlier this week, the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported.

Prosecutors charge Pistorius deliberately killed Steenkamp on Feb. 14, 2013, when he fired through a closed bathroom door in his Pretoria home. The double-amputee sprinter said he thought he was shooting at an intruder.

The photographs, which also included pictures of blood-spattered walls, floors and furniture, were made available during the testimony of Col. Giliam Schoombie van Rensburg, commander of the police station closest to Pistorius' Pretoria home.

When he arrived at the scene, "The body was covered with towels and black bags and there was blood which could be seen there," van Rensburg said, and a paramedic told him Steenkamp had been pronounced dead and showed him her wounds.

"In the kitchen, there stood the accused, a white male who was made known to me as Oscar Pistorius," van Rensburg testified. "He was very emotional at that stage and then I asked him what happened. He didn't answer. He was in tears."

The court was shown photographs of Pistorius' entrance hallway and a lounge area that had numerous spots of blood on sofas, the floor and a rug, the Telegraph said. Photographs of white walls and a stairwell also revealed spots of blood leading to the bedroom.

The trial adjourned until Friday.

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