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Pistorius protests as death scene photos leaked

Peroshni Govender Johannesburg

Published 01/06/2013 | 05:00

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The aftermath of the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp in the bathroom of paralympian Oscar Pistorius's upscale Pretoria home
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp

Lawyers for 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius demanded answers from South African police and prosecutors after pictures of the bathroom and toilet where he shot dead his girlfriend were leaked to a British television station.

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Sky News obtained a series of images of the crime scene in Pistorius' luxury Pretoria home where the double amputee track star shot his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day.

Pistorius was one of the stars of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London and the case shocked millions across the world as he was seen as a symbol of triumph over adversity.

In South Africa, he was a hero for blacks and whites, transcending racial divides that persist 19 years after the end of apartheid.

Pistorius has admitted to shooting four times through the locked door but says he was acting in self-defence at what he thought was an intruder.

Prosecutors accuse him of premeditated murder for firing into the door hitting Steenkamp (29) in the head, hip and arm.

The pictures showed a pool of blood in the bathroom, spattered walls, and a trail from dragging the body.

Lawyer Brian Webber said yesterday he had sent a letter to the prosecution team demanding answers for the appearance of the pictures the week before Pistorius is due back in court.

South Africa does not have trial by jury so pre-trial media coverage is seldom deemed to be prejudicial.

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