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Pistorius case: Defence picks holes in Pistorius case

Pretoria, South Africa - Leading South African defence attorney Barry Roux on Friday continued to pick holes in the State’s case against Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in Pretoria last year.

Roux told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria that a luxury watch had been stolen from the scene of the crime - presumably by the policemen investigating the crime - while a policeman had picked up the firearm which was used in the shooting without wearing gloves.

Former policeman Giliam van Rensburg told the court that he saw a ballistics expert handling the firearm.

He also said one of Pistorius's eight wristwatches had disappeared from his bedroom while evidence was being collected.

Van Rensburg, who was the first policeman to arrive at the scene of the shooting,  said when he walked into the house he saw a body covered in blood stained towels and he saw Pistorius in the kitchen.

He was emotional and did not immediately reply when asked what had happened. “I asked him what happened and he did not answer,” he said. Roux interjected, saying: 'He was not emotional, he was very emotional.'

The trial, originally scheduled for 3-20 March, is now expected to continue until 4 April.

The Court will be in recess between 7-11 April after which closing arguments will be presented.

Judge Thokozile Masipa and her two assessors will then consider their verdict.

Pana 16/03/2014