Pistorius trial: State tries to prove no tampering

Forensic photographer Barend van Staden will return to the stand this morning.

Forensic photographer and state witness Barend van Staden will return to the stand this morning.

PRETORIA - The prosecution in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has attempted to show the High Court in Pretoria that police did not tamper with the crime scene on the day the athlete killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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Forensic photographer and state witness Barend van Staden will return to the stand this morning.

He took photos of the 'Blade Runner' and his entire house in Pretoria after the shooting and defence advocate Barry Roux on Monday questioned his selection of evidence brought before the court.

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Van Staden confirmed that he had moved items while taking photographs.

"I wanted to make the exhibits more visible and to make it easier for me to photograph the scene."

The state also presented documents Pistorius completed the day before he shot blindly through a bathroom door.

Answers to a competency questionnaire for a firearm licence written by the athlete were read out to the court.


Prosecutor Gerrie Nel painstakingly went through almost all of van Standen's pictures, showing before and after shots of significant spots identified in the house.

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Last week, defence advocate Barry Roux showed a series of pictures where it appeared as though items had been moved by the police without being properly documented.

Picture: Pool.

Van Staden showed pictures of an unhampered crime scene before explaining that they would only then move items to uncover hidden evidence.

As an example, the officer moved the magazine rack inside the toilet cubicle to expose several pieces of bullet shrapnel which was subsequently documented.

Roux has started questioning the number of photographs van Staden took, and how they were saved and processed.


A member of the ANC Women's League says when June Steenkamp saw bloody pictures being displayed in court during the trial she wanted to leave.

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The league's Jackie Mofokeng held hands with Steenkamp's mother when she walked out of the courtroom on Monday.

"The minute she saw the blood she turned to me and said is it possible for us to go out, and I said yes."

Mofokeng says Steenkamp was taken into a quiet room to relax after walking out of the courtroom.

"She said she doesn't have a problem with the nation watching because they warn viewers of discretion but in court that wasn't said."

June didn't return to the courtroom during van Staden's testimony.

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