Friday, March 14, 2014

Oscar Pistorius: ABC News reports that police officers involved at the crime scene were frisked for theft - after one of Pistorius' eight expensive wrist watches disappeared from the crime scene; Reporter Liezl Thom also reports that an officer was seen handling Pistorius' weapon with his bare hands - and that an officer who had since resigned from the force after it came to light that he had been charged with murder might have contaminated the scene because he was not wearing required foot covers;

STORY: "Pistorius cops frisked  for theft during investigation," by reporter Liezl Thom, published by ABC News on March 14, 2014.

GIST: "The former police officer who was initially in charge of the Oscar Pistorius murder case told the court today how his officers mishandled evidence and that he even searched his own officers when one of Pistorius' expensive watches disappeared. Schoombie Van Rensburg, who was a colonel in the police force last year, told the court he was the first official to arrive at Pistorius' house after the paralympian known as Blade Runner shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. He testified that while collecting evidence in the bathroom, where Pistorius fired four shots through a locked bathroom door, he heard a gun being cocked behind him. When he turned to look, he saw an officer was handling Pistorius' weapon with his bare hands.
"So I asked him what are you doing? He looked and saw he was not wearing gloves and said 'Sorry,' before putting the magazine back and taking his gloves out from his pocket," Van Rensburg said. Van Rensburg also told the court that one of Pistorius' eight expensive wrist watches disappeared from the scene. The watches were kept in a box in the athlete's bedroom on top of a speaker. A photo of the box, shown in court, showed blood smears on the mirror inside the lid. It also shows eight watches. "I was very concerned about those watches because they are a temptation... One of the forensic team members mentioned that one of the watches, the green and black one, was worth between R50,000 and R100,000 (about $4,600 to $9,282)," the colonel said........."I was furious and the next morning I implemented access control," he said. Pistorius' defense lawyer Barry Roux used several other police official's statements to question whether Van Rensburg was indeed the first officer on the scene. He also accused the former police commander of tailoring his evidence to such an extent that the former investigating officer, Hilton Botha, would not have to be called as a witness.
Botha resigned last year after it came to light that he had been charged with murder. But it was his embarrassing admission that Botha was not wearing the required foot covers and might have contaminated the crime scene which Roux undoubtedly wants to explore further."

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