Pistorius trial: Position of gun holster questioned

Police found the holster on the side where Reeva Steenkamp was sleeping.

Oscar Pistorius reacts during his murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria on 13 March 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - The proximity of Oscar Pistorius's firearm holster to Reeva Steenkamp's side of the bed is expected to raise serious questions about his version of events on the night he shot her.

Police found the holster on the side where Steenkamp was reportedly sleeping.

Former Boschkop police station commissioner Schoombie van Rensburg has been testifying about his findings on the morning of Valentine's Day last year.

Schoombie van Rensburg.

Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp but claims he thought she was an intruder while the state says it was murder.

Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Carte Blanche.

Questions are already being raised such as why didn't Pistorius realise Steenkamp wasn't there when he claims to have armed himself and investigated a noise in the bathroom?

In the athlete's bail application he said it was very dark and crime scene photos show that the beige curtains hang from the ceiling and almost touch the floor.

Pistorius claims he drew the curtains after fetching fans from the balcony.

One of those fans was found near his bed while the other was closer to a chest of draws opposite the bed.

More analysis and pictures from the crime scene are expected in court again today.

EWN video: Schoombie van Rensburg testifies.


Yesterday, state prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked him to testify about three damaged items, but no explanation has yet been provided to the court.

Nel presented van Rensburg with a series of photos taken at the crime scene which he described to the court.

The former officer pointed out each of the items during his testimony.

A picture depicting the athlete's main bedroom door showed a hole straight through it.

On closer inspection of the damage, it appeared very similar to the holes caused by the gunshots through the toilet door.

The damaged metal plumbing plate at the bottom of the bathtub was also shown.

Picture: Pool

Behind the toilet door were several tiles which had come loose from the wall.

The photographs also captured blood stains and spatters, empty bullet cartridges and key pieces of evidence like Pistorius's gun holster.

It also showed the couple's phones and the gun used to kill Steenkamp.

While Nel asked the witness to describe what he saw in the pictures, no explanation was offered as to what the state believed had caused the damage to above items.

Defence advocate Barry Roux may help shed some light on these findings when he cross-examines van Rensburg today.

Judge Thokozile Masipa also heard that Pistorius's bathroom door was kept in van Rensburg's office for about a week after the shooting, despite protocol requiring it be kept in a secure storeroom.

Picture: Barry Bateman

He told the court he resigned after apparently coming under severe pressure over the reported bungling of the crime scene.

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