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Court shown gory photos of Pistorius

Pretoria: Police photographs of a bare-chested Oscar Pistorius standing in his garage on blood-stained prosthetics and wearing shorts covered in blood, taken shortly after the athlete fatally shot his girlfriend, were shown to the court at his murder trial here on Friday.

Prosecutors displayed two photos on TV monitors in the courtroom, with the first of the muscled double-amputee Olympic athlete standing facing a camera. There are blood stains up to the knees of his limbs, and his shorts are also bloodied, but his naked chest appears to be clean of blood.

A second photograph of Pistorius from the waist up and from the left side also shows blood on his shorts and parts of his body, with a tattoo visible on his back.

The photographs were taken in Pistorius’ Pretoria home soon after the athlete killed Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day, last year, a former policeman testified. Pistorius said he carried Steenkamp downstairs to try to save her after mistakenly shooting her in his bathroom.

Former police Col. G.S. van Rensburg described the early part of the investigation after he arrived at the scene around 30 to 40 minutes after prosecutors say Pistorius killed Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of February 14, 2013.

Van Rensburg, the former commander at a police station close to the residence of Pistorius, said he didn’t arrest the athlete immediately, but did warn him to remain at the house.

“I told him I observed him as a suspect at that stage,” van Rensburg said. “I warned him of his rights... I requested him to remain present at all times at the scene.” (Agencies)