Pretoria, South Africa – The uncle of Oscar Pistorius told the press that his nephew Oscar is a heartbroken man living with the reality of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on the 14 February this year. Dramatic pictures of the bloody stained bathroom and toilet murder scene emerged for the first time since that devastating shooting.
It is not confirmed where the pictures emerged from, and speculation is rife that one of the investigating officers captured the photos on his cell phone on the night of the shooting.
Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee, world famous Paralympian has for the last three months lived at his uncle Arnold’s house in Pretoria. In an attempt not to be recognized by the public, he has grown a beard. He seldom ventures out into public places and spends most of his time at home remembering the love of his life, Reeva Steenkamp. His room adorned with pictures of his dead lover, are a constant reminder of the dramatic shooting that changed in his life. He is a grieving man, living with the tragedy of killing an innocent person.
This is the first time that graphic images of the bloody murder scene have emerged. The images of the bathroom and toilet show the blood stained floor and the bullet holes below the door handle marked with police makers. The panel of the door missing which Pistorius claimed he broke with a cricket bat to gain access after the fatal shooting. Another image shows the trail of blood from the bathroom, when he carried her downstairs to the front of his luxurious house. Several other photos show footprints in the blood, blood spattered all over the room, and the unopened valentine’s gift to Oscar from Reeva. It is evident that the emerging graphic photos are a heartbreaking reminder for Oscar.
When the trial begins, the defense will argue and back up the claims that Pistorius was walking on his stumps, and shooting from low down when he thought it was an intruder. Pistorius claims he raced to the bathroom with his gun after hearing a noise. He fired four shots, broke down the toilet door and was horrified to discover he had shot his girlfriend, Reeva on Valentine’s Day this year.
Prosecutors maintain that an argument ensued between the couple, when Reeve ran to the bathroom fearing for her life, locked herself in the toilet, and Pistorius deliberately shot her through the door.
Pistorius referred to as the blade runner has been granted bail since the fatal shooting in February this year. There are no confirmed dates for when the murder trial will commence, and it is expected to begin early in 2014.
With the emerging photos of the bloody murder scene this week, his uncle Arnold confirmed to the press that Pistorius lives a reclusive life and stays away from the limelight. Oscar once a gold medal winner at the Paralympics now accused of murder remains tormented and heartbroken from the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Written by Laura Oneale