‘Images of Reeva’s crime scene still haunt me’

The cop who took pictures of Reeva Steenkamp says he is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The late Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Carte Blanche.

PRETORIA - A Pretoria police officer suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) says he can't get Reeva Steenkamp's bloody death scene out of his mind and has turned to the High Court in Pretoria to compel his employer to medically board him.

Warrant officer Morne du Toit was part of the forensic team that took photographs at Oscar Pistorius's house and is suffering from PTSD.

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for culpable homicide and is scheduled to be released on house arrest next month.

Du Toit says he has been fighting to be medically discharged from the police since being diagnosed with PTSD in 2010.

He says the tipping point came in February 2013, when he was asked to photograph the inside of Pistorius's house.

Du Toit says he photographed the blood-spattered cubicle where the athlete shot Steenkamp as well as the scene downstairs where her body was found.

The policeman says images of that crime scene haunts him and control his dreams.

Police management accuse du Toit of conducting himself in a manner that does not justify his claim of medical incapacity but they've been unable to prove their case against him.