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PRETORIA, South Africa--- Photo-
graphs of Oscar Pistorius cocked
9 mm pistol lying on a mat on the
blood-stained bathroom floor and
the blood splatter on walls and fur-
niture in his house were shown at
the double-amputee Olympian s
murder trial yesterday, building a
detailed picture of the scene where
he killed Reeva Steenkamp.
One of the first two police officers
at the house to investigate the shoot-
ing testified that he followed a "trail
of blood" when he got there.
Former police colonel GS van
Rensburg said he traced spots and
bigger blood marks downstairs
where Steenkamp lay dead from
three gunshot wounds and followed
them across the floor, up the stair-
case, through a small lounge area
and then into Pistorius bedroom.
Ultimately, van Rensburg reached
the bathroom where the world-
famous athlete shot his girlfriend in
the early hours of Valentine s Day
There, van Rensburg said he found
Pistorius gun, hammer back and
the safety off, on a mat. There were
also spent bullet casings, cellphones
and a blood-soaked towel on the
bathroom floor, and the cricket bat
Pistorius says he used to break down
the toilet door to get to Steenkamp.
In the toilet cubicle, there was a
darker pool of blood and the wooden
splinters where the locked door,
through which Pistorius shot the
model, had been bashed through.
Pistorius, 27, faces a possible life
sentence if convicted of murder. He
has pleaded not guilty to all charges
against him and says he shot the
29-year-old Steenkamp by mistake,
thinking she was a dangerous
intruder in the tiny toilet cubicle in
a bathroom of his Pretoria villa.
Prosecutors charge that he inten-
tionally killed her.
Details in the photos were high-
lighted by the prosecution as part
of its case against Pistorius. One
was a gun holster on a table by the
side of the bed where Pistorius says
Steenkamp, and not him, was sleep-
ing that night.
The size of the bedroom suggested
Pistorius had to walk close to where
he says he thought Steenkamp was
still sleeping to get to the bathroom.
In the bathroom, the gun rested
on a toweling mat that was clean
and out of kilter with the blood
stains around it, head prosecutor
Gerrie Nel noted.
As van Rensburg, who resigned
from the police force last year, was
led through each photograph by Nel,
Pistorius mainly kept his head down
in court and appeared to avoid look-
ing at the TV monitors where the
images were shown. The screen next
to Pistorius was switched off before
Van Rensburg confirmed that the
photos reflected accurately how he
found the scene when he got there
just before 4 am on February 14,
2013--- about 30 to 40 minutes after
prosecutors say Pistorius shot
The photos provided vivid images.
Blood stains from the severe wounds
he inflicted on his girlfriend were
splattered on a white wall close to
a group of glittering trophies in the
multiple Paralympic champion s
home. Upstairs, there was a black
air gun rifle and a blue baseball bat
near the door to Pistorius bedroom.
Pictures of the bedroom showed a
cabinet with multiple sets of slick
sunglasses and a box of expensive-
looking watches as well as blood
stains on the carpets and even across
a mirror on the watch box.
The photos in the bathroom
showed that tiles had come off the
wall and were on the floor and a
metal panel had been damaged,
apparently after being hit by a hard
object. Prosecutors allege Pistorius
killed Steenkamp after an argument.
Van Rensburg also described how,
on arriving at Pistorius house, he
saw Steenkamp s body near the
entrance downstairs covered in tow-
els and plastic bags that the daughter
of the estate manager said she had
used, with assistance from Pistorius,
to try and stop the bleeding. Admin-
istrator Johan Stander is the first
person Pistorius says he called after
A tearful Pistorius was "emotion-
al" and pacing in the kitchen, van
The policeman said he asked the
athlete what had happened, but he
didn t answer. Van Rensburg said
he asked Pistorius to stay in one
area of the kitchen, which he did.
Police investigator Hilton Botha
also arrived at the home, where
bloodstains were visible downstairs
on the floor, armchairs, a rug and
a wall near the kitchen, according
to van Rensburg, who said that soon
after he arrived a female paramedic
informed him Steenkamp was dead.
"We then followed the trail of
blood up the stairs," van Rensburg
Photos show 'trail of
blood' in Pistorius' home
Oscar Pistorius covers his head with his hands and a notebook as he listens to forensic evidence during his trial in
court in Pretoria, South Africa, yesterday. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva
Steenkamp on Valentines Day in 2013. AP PHOTO
INDIAN WELLS, California---Novak
Djokovic rallied to beat Marin Cilic
1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round of
the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday,
avoiding the upsets that knocked out
two other top-10 players.
Djokovic didn t face a break point
on his serve after the first set in the
baseline slugfest that ended after mid-
night PDT. He advanced to the quar-
terfinals against Julien Benneteau, a 6-
3, 7-6 (4) winner over Feliciano Lopez.
"It was very tough. Marin was a far
better player in the first 45 minutes.
He was striking the ball incredibly well,"
said Djokovic, who improved to 8-0
against Cilic. "I tried to stay calm and
composed and believe that I could
Kevin Anderson upset Australian
Open champion Stan Wawrinka 7-6
(1), 4-6, 6-1, and sixth-ranked Andy
Murray joined Wawrinka on the side-
lines, losing to big-serving Milos Raon-
ic, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Andy Murray joined
Wawrinka on the sidelines, losing to
the big-serving Raonic, 4-6, 7-5, 6-
3. Anderson ended Wawrinka s 13-
match winning streak that included
his first Grand Slam title in January.
Anderson advanced to the quarter-
finals against four-time tournament
champion Roger Federer, who beat
11th-seeded Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-4.
On the women s side, sixth-seeded
Simona Halep defeated Australian qual-
ifier Casey Dellacqua 6-2, 6-2 to earn
a berth in the semifinals. Halep will
play second-seeded Agnieszka Rad-
wanska, who beat No. 7 seed Jelena
Jankovic, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. (AP)
Anderson, Raonic, Federer
win at Indian Wells
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