Pretoria: A South African court saw graphic images on Thursday of the bloodstained bathroom in which Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend, as prosecutors unveiled more details of the scene of the Valentine’s Day killing.
Colonel Schoombie van Rensburg, the first policeman to arrive at the athlete’s home in an upmarket Pretoria estate, described the grisly sight that greeted him in the early hours of Feb. 14 last year.
During his testimony, photographs of Steenkamp’s face and body were also shown accidentally to the court, upsetting Pistorius, who vomited into a bucket for the second time since the start of the trial, now in its second week.
Van Rensburg said that on his arrival at the home, he saw Steenkamp’s body lying at the bottom of the staircase covered in towels and black bags. She had been declared dead by medics by the time he arrived.
Moments later, he found a “very emotional” Pistorius in the kitchen pacing up and down.
“I asked him what happened but he didn’t answer me,” Van Rensburg told the court. “He was in tears.”
The colonel said a trail of blood led him up the stairs to Pistorius’ bedroom and the bathroom where the Paralympic and Olympic star shot Steenkamp, whom he says he mistook for an intruder.
The court was shown photos of the blood-spattered bathroom floor.