Pistorius trial: Officer moved extension cord

Police photographer Hendrik le Roux said that he used the extension cord to charge his camera.

Oscar Pistorius leaves court with his brother Carl after the athlete's defence team wrapped up its case on 8 July 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - A police photographer who was part of the investigating team at Oscar Pistorius's house in February last year has taken responsibility for a missing extension cord.

Last week, defence lawyers asked the court to compel police to provide an explanation for its whereabouts, saying it was no longer at the house.

The athlete is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The 27-year-old claimed he shot her by accident believing she was an intruder.

Picture: Carte Blanche.

Police photographer Hendrik le Roux said in an affidavit handed to court on Tuesday he used the extension cord to charge his camera.

He moved it from the bedroom to the bathroom, and claimed he returned it to the room but did not put it back where he found it.

Le Roux said he cannot say for sure whether he placed the cord on top of something or on the floor.

In crime scene photos, one of the fans Pistorius claimed to have moved was plugged into this cord and became relevant when questions arose surrounding the exact location of the object.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court last week the cord was not seized by police and was not in their exhibit register.

Counsel for the parties will address this issue in the closing argument.

Video: Defence wraps up case.