The bathroom where Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been pictured for the first time.
The pictures show inside Oscar Pistorius’ house in Pretoria, South Africa, where Reeva Steenkamp was killed in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.
Big spots of bl**d cover the toilet and floor of the room, with police tape marking the holes where bullets flew through the bathroom door, which is missing a panel.
It is thought that the low position of the bullet holes will be used by Oscar Pistorius’ defense team to argue that he was not wearing his prosthetic legs at the time of the shooting, so could not have planned the murder.
Oscar Pistorius, 26, claims he shot Reeva Steenkamp, 29, by accident because he believed a burglar had entered their home while they slept.
The pictures, obtained by Sky News, also show trails of bl**d leading from the bathroom and down the stairs of the house, from Oscar Pistorius carrying Reeva Steenkamp’s body as he called for help.
In one poignant scene, a Valentine’s gift for Oscar Pistorius, 26, from his girlfriend remains unopened.
A card bearing the nickname “Ozzy” and a packet of heart-shaped sweets lie on top of a parcel wrapped in striped paper.
Oscar Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder for the shooting of his model girlfriend.
He is due in court on Tuesday for a brief hearing while the police investigation continues.
The Sky footage also shows bl**died footprints – thought to have been caused by investigating officer Hilton Botha walking into the house without protective covers on his shoes.
The investigation into Reeva Steenkamp’s death has been heavily criticized.
Officer Hilton Botha was then forced to step down when it emerged he faced seven charges of attempted murder for a 2011 case in which he and two other officers fired on a vehicle in an attempt to make it stop.
Sources told Sky News that other officers in the case are being investigated for the disappearance of a watch belonging to Oscar Pistorius.
Today, his uncle Arnold Pistorius described what life is like for the athlete while he waits for his trial to begin.
He told CNN: “He is housebound. He doesn’t go out in public places.
“But he’s not keen to go out. This fits him at the moment.
“He’s got photos [of Reeva Steenkamp] in his room, he’s got photos all over the places.
“If the person you love the most died and you were the instrument, how would you feel? It’s unthinkable.
“[His life] won’t be the same again. He will have to cope with it somehow.”
Earlier this week, Oscar Pistorius was fined about $95,000 for not paying his taxes in South Africa.
The fine came after he was forced to declare his assets during his bail hearing in February.
Oscar Pistorius declared in an affidavit during his application that he earned around $660,000 a year and owned three houses and land in South Africa with a combined value of nearly $950,000.
Media reports in South Arica suggested that he also owned another property, in Johannesburg, which was bought for around $950,000 this year.
That house was not declared as part of his assets in his affidavit.