Cop explains differences in Oscar pics

Differences in photographs taken at Oscar Pistorius’s house the night he shot dead Reeva Steenkamp prompted questions in his murder trial in the High Court in Pretoria on Friday (14/03/2014).

“The scene was preserved for the original photographs to be taken and as soon as those photographs were taken then the investigation started,” testified former Boschkop police station commander Giliam van Rensburg.

Pistorius has said he shot Steenkamp dead on February 14 2013 in a toilet cubicle at his home in Silver Woods estate Pretoria, mistaking her for an intruder.

He has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Van Rensburg was taken to task over why in one photograph which is part of the collection of exhibits, a pair of white flip flops were neatly placed next to each other, and in another one was at a right angle to the other.

Barry Roux, SC, for Pistorius, also focused on yet another picture of a black bag with white piping which is seen on a brown leather couch next to the bed.

It is then in another photograph on the floor with just one of the flip flops, next to it.

“The plakkies (flip flops), this is one thing they really focused on,” he said of his team’s work after they arrived in the early hours of February 14.

Court adjourned early when Roux and prosecutor Gerrie Nel said they had run out of questions for the witness.

Court was adjourned until 9.30am on Monday.

Pistorius has also pleaded guilty on two charges under the Firearms Act. – Sapa

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