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Pistorius Trial: Objects Moved At Scene
A police photographer has admitted some objects were moved when photographing the aftermath of Reeva Steenkamp's killing.
Bennie Van Staden told the court he had moved a gym bag in Pistorius' bedroom but did not know who shifted around objects including flip flops, a fan and TV remote control.
Pictures of the room taken two days apart were shown, with the defence claiming they showed a "great disturbance" in the scene.
Mr Van Staden also said he may have moved a bathmat while photographing a handgun after pictures showed the weapon in different positions.
However, when asked by the prosecution "on the 14th, did you change the scene?" he answered "no".
The photographer also admitted someone had moved the cricket bat Pistorius apparently used to beat down the bathroom door to get at his model girlfriend.
But under prosecution questioning he later agreed it had shifted just "millimetres".
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is charged with the premeditated murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who he shot dead at his home on Valentine's Day last year.
The 27-year-old says he thought she was an intruder and killed her by mistake.
In a twelfth day of evidence in South Africa, the defence portrayed a disorganised crime scene and suggested a second officer was also taking photos of the bathroom area at the same time as Mr Van Staden.
Defence lawyer Barry Roux showed time-stamped photos on the court monitor and said police ballistics officer Lt. Col Motha was also working in the bathroom passage.
Mr Van Staden denied he and his colleague were in the same area and said "as far as I can remember" he was alone.
However, the witness appeared surprised when a close-up of one of his photos taken outside of the bathroom appeared to show someone else inside the room.
Ballistics expert Capt. Chris Mangena also began giving evidence on Tuesday.
He described how he went to Pistorius' house and used a steel rod and laser beam to map the trajectory of the bullets fired through the bathroom door by Pistorius.
Capt. Mangena said the four bullet holes were 93.5cm, 97.3cm, 99cm and 104.3cm above the floor. Pistorius claims he was not wearing his prosthetic legs when he fired the fatal shots.
The defendant was also measured with and without his artificial legs, the court heard.
"Shoulder level was 156cm with the prosthesis, 123cm shoulder level without the prosthesis," said Capt. Mangena.
Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June Steenkamp, needed comforting as more graphic evidence came out, with the witness describing photos of bullet entry and exit wounds to her daughter's head.
Pistorius hunched over and covered his ears.
Capt. Mangena also said he found bruising on Ms Steenkamp's back but did not know what had caused it.
Pistorius is also accused of illegally possessing ammunition, as well as two further counts related to shooting a gun in public in two separate incidents before the killing.
The trial continues.