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Pistorius trial - Day nine

Oscar Pistorius has been sick again in court as close-up photos of Reeva Steenkamp's body were accidentally shown on day nine in Pretoria.

Various photographs were being scrolled through on screen by the defence team when several distressing images were briefly shown to the court.

Sky's Alex Crawford, who is in court, said: "As defence lawyer Barry Roux was flicking through various photographs of the scene ... you saw very close-up pictures of Reeva Steenkamp. Close-ups of her skull, body and her various injuries.

"This caused quite a stir in court. It led to gasps from a number of people inside."

Pistorius began retching and coughing, and was handed a green bucket in which to be sick.

Schoombie van Rensburg - a now-retired police officer who went to the scene after the shooting - is using photographs to outline his route through Pistorius' home when he arrived, and what he saw.

Crawford said: "He described following a trail of blood and we've been shown a series of photographs starting from the exterior of the Oscar Pistorius house, going inside showing splatters on the floor at the base of the stairs, blood on his cream sofas that are on the ground floor, blood leading up the stairs, and more along the wall.

"We know the athlete says he carried Ms Steenkamp's body down the stairs, he says to get medical help."

Earlier, the court heard how a box of watches belonging to Pistorius went missing during the crime scene examination.

The millionaire Paralympic athlete had a "little box" containing the watches, which has disappeared and never been found.

Credibility

The issue was raised by Mr Roux, who is trying to undermine the credibility of the police investigation.

He spent the morning repeatedly challenging police forensic expert Johannes Vermuelen.

On Wednesday, Mr Vermuelen told the court Pistorius was on his stumps when he smashed down a locked toilet door to reach his shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

That contradicted Pistorius' previous claims he put on his prostheses before smashing down the door.

Thursday's evidence started with Mr Roux asking for Mr Vermuelen's phone records from overnight, suggesting he may have consulted people ahead of giving his testimony.

He was then asked about missing splinters from Pistorius' bathroom door, through which he shot Ms Steenkamp.

He said he asked a colleague about the missing splinters, but repeatedly said he "couldn't remember" who he spoke to.

Mr Vermuelen also admitted he did not examine the door for evidence Pistorius had kicked it with his prosthetic leg. A footprint would show he was wearing his legs at some point.

On top of the premeditated murder allegation, Pistorius faces a charge of illegally possessing ammunition and two further counts related to shooting a gun in public in two separate incidents before the killing.

He denies all the charges against him and maintains he shot Ms Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.

The athlete could face 25 years in jail if he is found guilty by Judge Thokozile Masipa. South Africa does not have trials by jury.

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