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Oscar Pistorius defence challenges police photos

Published on Mar 19, 2014 1:03 AM

PRETORIA (AFP) - Oscar Pistorius's defence team picked through the testimony of a police photographer on Tuesday who took images of the bloodied crime scene where the Paralympian shot dead his girlfriend.

The court was shown graphic photographs of a bloody cricket bat and bathroom floor and the 9mm pistol used to shoot Reeva Steenkamp, with the athlete later weeping during testimony by a ballistics expert.

Defence lawyer Barry Roux said police photographer Bennie van Staden caused a "great disturbance" by moving evidence and suggested police testimony contained suspicious timing inconsistencies.

Van Staden, who was visibly tiring under Roux's torrent of questions, said he always took pictures of an original crime scene, but that he moved bloodied towels and a duvet in order to check for more evidence.

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