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Police stole watch, bungled evidence at Pistorius home, court hears

Published on Mar 14, 2014 6:04 PM
 
Members of the media look at photographs of the crime scene taken in the house of South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius during his ongoing murder trial, on March 14, 2014 in Pretoria. Pistorius's murder trial heard that police officers were clumsy with evidence and even stole a watch from the scene where Reeva Steenkamp was killed, in testimony from a former colleague on Friday. -- PHOTO: AFP

PRETORIA (AFP) - Oscar Pistorius's murder trial heard that police officers were clumsy with evidence and even stole a watch from the scene where Reeva Steenkamp was killed, in testimony from a former colleague on Friday.

Former station chief Giliam van Rensburg, who retired from the police last year, testified that an officer stole a watch worth as much as US$10,000 (S$12,640 euros), in a damning indictment of his former colleagues.

The watch went missing while forensic experts were examining a blood-splattered box containing seven other timepieces and occurred even after Mr Van Rensburg warned his staff against theft.

"I saw those watches and I said this is tempting for any person because this is expensive watches," he told the court.

 
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