Oscar Pistorius Bloody Crime Scene Photos Emerge

Friday, 31 May 2013 05:20 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Pictures have surfaced of the inside the home of paralympian Oscar Pistorius that show the bloody bathroom where he fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The images, obtained by Sky News, display a blood-splatterd toilet and bathroom floor, with a missing door panel and police tape showing where two bullets were located. This is the first time the public has seen photos of the room where the 29-year-old Steenkamp was shot early on Valentine's Day.

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Prosecutors contend that the shooting was premeditated by Pistorius after a loud argument, while Pistorius maintains he mistook her for an intruder in the middle of the night. The height of the bullet holes are key to the defense argument that Pistorius shot at the door from a low angle because he wasn't wearing his artificial legs.

Pistorius contends that he got up to retrieve a fan from the balcony when heard a noise. He then got a gun from the bedroom, ran seven meters to the bathroom door and fired four times. When he returned to bed and saw that Steenkamp wasn't there, he realized she was in the bathroom.

The double-amputee sprinter known as "Blade Runner" remains distraught over the shooting, his uncle told CNN.

He's been staying at his uncle's home in Pretoria, South Africa, for the past three months. He's grown a beard because he doesn't want to be recognized, and has immersed himself with photos of Steenkamp, his uncle Arnold Pistorius told CNN.

"He's got photos in his room, photos all over the place. He's housebound, you know?" Arnold Pistorius said. "He doesn't go out in public places. What can you say if the person you love the most dies, and you were the instrument? How would you feel? It's unthinkable."

Pistorius faces a court hearing on June 4. A trial date hasn't been set.

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