Pistorius vomits on floor as images of Reeva are shown

IT FLASHED up for less than a tenth of a second, probably, but the damage was done and the reaction instant.

As the state prosecutor asked for picture 162 to be displayed on the evidence screens, the computer had to zip through more than 100 photographs of the scene at Oscar Pistorius's house on Valentine's Day to get there.

One of the screens is just two feet or so in front of the face of the athlete in the witness box, and as a picture flashed of Reeva Steenkamp's face in close up after death, the accused was instantly and loudly sick on the floor.

On day nine of the Olympian's trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, Col Giliam Schoombie van Rensburg, the first police officer to arrive at the apartment, guided the court through a long series of previously unpublished photographs, showing in great detail the scene at the athlete's home.

"The body was covered with towels and black bags and there was blood which could be seen there," he said.

"In the kitchen, there stood the accused, a white male who was made known to me as Oscar Pistorius," Col van Rensburg said. "He was very emotional at that stage and then I asked him what happened. He didn't answer. He was in tears."

Earlier the court heard more from Johannes Vermuelen, who carried out the analysis of the cricket bat marks on the toilet door. Mr Pistorius claims he struck it with his cricket bat after putting on his prosthetic legs, but Lt-Col Vermuelen insists the marks are too low down.

Mr Pistorius denies murder, saying he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder. The trial continues.


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