Oscar Pistorius’ defense alleges police errors during investigation

By Michelle Kapusta,

Image: Erik van Leeuwen [GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

On Tuesday, the focus of Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial shifted to crime scene photographs as the defense tried to discredit police witnesses and alleged errors in the initial investigation.

According to the Associated Press, defense lawyer Barry Roux alleged that police photographs of the blood-spattered scene where the Paralympian fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, indicated that during the investigation, evidence had been moved around, which is a violation of procedure during these type of investigations.

News Corp Australia reported that Officer Bennie Van Staden’s testimony continued after proceedings were delayed by over an hour to give the policeman time to collect records and discs relating to the photos.

Roux pointed to the hundreds of photos taken by Van Staden and another policeman that included those of blood stains, a gun, bullet casings and a cricket bat inside Pistorius' bathroom. He then went through several of the photos and said that many of the objects in the home were out of place.

This is not the first time that Pistorius’ defense has claimed that the investigation and evidence found at the sprint runner’s home was mishandled. Just last week police commander G.S. van Rensburg was questioned about a botched investigation.

Pistorius is accused of intentionally murdering Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013 after the two had an argument. He has plead not guilty to the charges and maintains that he shot the model after he mistook her for an intruder.

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