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‘Police altered crime scene’

Pretoria: Police photographs of the blood-spattered scene where Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend indicate that evidence was moved around in violation of procedure during the investigation of the killing, the athlete’s chief defence lawyer said on Tuesday.

Warrant officer Bennie van Staden, a police photographer, took hundreds of photos of the scene, including of blood stains, bullet casings, a gun and a cricket bat found inside Pistorius’s bathroom in the hours after the double-amputee runner shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Lawyer Barry Roux has challenged previous police witnesses, seeking to uncover contradictions and reported mishaps to support his argument that officers bungled the investigation, an allegation made by Pistorius at the start of the trial when he pleaded not guilty to murder in Steenkamp's killing.

Roux claimed that the police had “altered the crime scene” and in a painstaking process on Tuesday, minutely examined many photos taken by Van Staden and another police officer and pointed out that objects at the crime scene had been moved and were in different positions in photos. (Agencies)