The top police commander on the scene the night Oscar Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp will testify against the Olympic athlete at his murder trial Friday.
Former police colonel G.S. van Rensburg first took the stand Thursday, and said paramedics were already there when he arrived at Pistorius’ address about 3:55 a.m., but Steenkamp was dead.
As he testified, the prosecution showed more than 100 police photographs taken at Pistorius’ house after the killing, including the sprinter’s 9mm handgun, still cocked and ready to fire, on a bloody towel or bathmat on a blood-spattered floor.
Both prosecution and defense accidentally displayed photos of Steenkamp’s dead body and mortal wounds Thursday, prompting the man who killed her to be violently sick.
Pistorius threw up after both defense and prosecution lawyers scrolled on monitors through evidence photos to find the ones they wanted to discuss — flashing past the gruesome images as they did so.
There’s a monitor directly in front of Pistorius as he sits in the dock, on trial for murder.
The South African Olympic sprinter admits that he killed Steenkamp, his girlfriend of about four months, on Valentine’s Day last year, but says it was a terrible accident, not premeditated murder.
He shot her through a locked bathroom door in his house, saying he thought she was an intruder, then broke the door down with a cricket bat to get to her when he realized his mistake. She was 29.
Pistorius, 27, pleaded not guilty to murder and three other weapons charges.