Cop: Pistorius gun handled with no gloves

Defence lawyers have raised questions about the handling of evidence at Oscar Pistorius's home.

Advocate Barry Roux leaves the Pretoria High Court after the second day of Oscar Pistorius murder trial on 4 March 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

PRETORIA - The handling of Oscar Pistorius's gun without gloves along with how evidence was sealed have formed the centre of the defence's main attack in the North Gauteng High Court.

The athlete is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria East home on Valentine's Day last year.

The 27-year-old also faces gun-related charges.

Pistorius pleaded not guilty to all charges on day one of his trial.

Oscar Pistorius on day 10 of his murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria on 14 March 2014. Picture: Pool.

Defence Advocate Barry Roux on Friday grilled former Boschkop police station commander Schoombie van Rensburg during cross-examination.

Former policeman Schoombie Van Rensburg testifies at the High Court in Pretoria during the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on 13 March 2014.

The witness told the court about the crime scene shortly after the deadly shooting.

Van Rensburg says he was the first police officer, along with Hilton Botha, to go upstairs to Pistorius's bedroom and bathroom.

EWN Video: A 3D look inside Oscar Pistorius's house.

Steenkamp was gunned down in the 'Blade Runner's' toilet in the early hours of 14 February 2013.

Roux read out statements from two officers, who claim to have gone upstairs before van Rensburg arrived.

The advocate says these officers mentioned particular details, such as seeing the Taurus firearm and four bullet casings.

Van Rensburg says their statements must be based on hearsay.

He told the court he is convinced that he and Botha were the first to follow the trail of blood upstairs.

Former investigating officer Hilton Botha.Picture: EWN.

Roux also referred to photographs from outside the Olympic and Parlaympic athlete's upmarket house, which van Rensburg said was sealed off.

An aerial view of Silver Woods Estate in Pretoria. Picture: Carte Blanche.

A photo showing a set of keys in a door lock with several remote controls attached was shown to the court, indicating that access wasn't controlled.

Van Rensburg said they went through the bedroom, past the bed and out the sliding door onto the balcony, and confirmed they were acutely aware they could not touch anything.

EWN video: Schoombie van Rensburg testifies.

The former commander revealed Botha, who is accused of contaminating the scene by not wearing foot covers, was left alone in the bathroom for some time while he inspected the 'Blade Runner's' bedroom.

Roux alleged there was a strategy by the state to avoid putting Botha on the stand.

Advocate Barry Roux leaves the Pretoria High Court after the second day of Oscar Pistorius murder trial on 4 March 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

Botha was sacked from the case after Eyewitness News last year revealed he faced seven charges of attempted murder.

Van Rensburg also admitted the gun used by Pistorius was handled by a ballistics expert without using gloves.

Roux also questioned the former station commander about his ability to make accurate observations.

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