Pistorius covers eyes as photo of blood smear shown

Murder accused Oscar Pistorius covered his eyes as a photo showing blood smears on his toilet floor was displayed during his trial in the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday (12/03/2014).

One of the screens displaying evidence photos is next to Pistorius where is sitting in the dock,

He could look at it by turning his head slightly to his left.

While evidence relating to the toilet door through which he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was discussed, a photo was displayed.

It shows a section of a wooden door panel and a large blood smear on the tiled floor next to it.

The caption reads: “Photo taken on February 14, 2013. Fragment on floor tiles of toilet.”

Pistorius was unable to look at the image and kept his right hand over his eyes until it was replaced by another photo.

Barry Roux, for Pistorius, was questioning police forensic expert Col Johannes Vermeulen about the toilet door at the time.

Pistorius tried to break open the door of his toilet with a cricket bat after he shot and killed his girlfriend Steenkamp through it. He claims he thought she was an intruder.

Vermeulen is the commander of the material analysis sub-section at the forensic science laboratory. – Sapa

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