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Pistorius in tears at photos of Reeva's wounds

Aislinn Laing in Pretoria

Published 14/03/2014 | 02:30

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Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during court proceedings at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria,  March 13, 2014. Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Alet Pretorius/Media24/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY ATHLETICS)
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius

Shocking photographs of the wounds on Reeva Steenkamp's face and body were shown at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, prompting gasps from her friends in court and tears from the accused.

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The Paralympic champion gagged and wept as the images were accidentally flashed up on big screens around the court of head injuries sustained by the model, as well as her body lying on the floor of his Pretoria home.

Desi Myers, the friend with whom Ms Steenkamp lived in Johannesburg, fled the court.

The trial yesterday also had its first glimpse inside the athlete's Pretoria house in the hours after he shot Ms Steenkamp (29) through a locked lavatory door on St Valentine's Day last year.

Col GS van Rensburg, the local police chief, led the court through a "trail of blood" series of photographs – from the entrance hall to the lounge and up the stairs, pointing out blood spots along the walls. The home gave glimpses of its occupant, including shelves crammed with trophies, a cabinet of sunglasses from his sponsor Oakley and side tables bearing medication, syringes, sports gel and running magazines.

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Inside the bathroom was the centre of the crime scene: a blood-soaked towel lay next to more bullet casings and the cricket bat Mr Pistorius used to beat down the lavatory door to reach Ms Steenkamp after fatally shooting her.

In another photo was the Parabellum 9mm pistol used in the shooting, next to a dropped iPhone and a pool of blood.

Col van Rensburg said he arrived at Mr Pistorius's house in the Silver Woods Estate at about 3.55am and found Ms Steenkamp's body lying at the bottom of the stairs.

A female paramedic told him the woman had been declared dead on their arrival, he added.

"In the kitchen, there stood the accused, a white male... Oscar Pistorius," he said. "He was very emotional. I asked him what happened. He didn't answer. He was in tears."

The state contends that Mr Pistorius killed his girlfriend deliberately. The 27-year-old athlete denies murder.

The case continues. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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