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Pistorius aware of gun rules against intruders, court hears

Oscar Pistorius was aware of gun safety rules restricting the use of lethal force against intruders, a gun dealer testified on Monday as the Paralympian's trial for killing his girlfriend entered its third week. Gun licenser Sean Rens told the court in Pretoria that the 27-year-old athlete, who stands accused of intentionally shooting dead his girlfriend, had scored highly on a test for gun owners. "Always know your target and what lies behind," was one of the answers Pistorius correctly gave when asked about firearm safety rules, Rens said.

Pistorius trial - key points from day 11

The third week of Oscar Pistorius's murder trial started with testimony of the athlete's knowledge of gun laws -- and love of guns -- followed by a graphic walk-through of more bloody pictures from the crime scene. Here are highlights from Monday's proceedings: - Gun licenser Sean Rens testified that Pistorius, who argues he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a locked door fearing she was an intruder, knew the laws governing when to use force during break-ins.

Pistorius ordered six new guns before shooting

Oscar Pistorius was in the process of buying six guns at the time he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, more than usually allowed under South African law, his murder trial heard Monday. The order for three shotguns, two revolvers, and a rifle had already been invoiced to the athlete when he shot Steenkamp on February 14 last year, testified gun licenser Sean Rens. "The transaction was cancelled a month post-incident," he said at the start of the third week of trial. South African law allows non-collectors to possess only four firearms.

Pistorius' watch vanished while police combed house, court told

By John Mkhize PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African police faced further embarrassment at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Friday when it emerged that a valuable watch had vanished from the crime scene and a ballistic expert had handled the athlete's gun without gloves. The Olympic and Paralympic 'Blade Runner' denies the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, saying he shot her in a tragic accident after mistaking her for a night-time intruder.

Pistorius trial - key points from day ten

Police tainted vital evidence and even stole an expensive watch from Oscar Pistorius's home, the officer who arrested the Paralympian told the court during day 10 of his murder trial. Here are highlights from Friday's proceedings: - Giliam van Rensburg showed the court a photo of a bare-chested Oscar Pistorius covered in blood, one of the first pictures taken of the athlete after he shot dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Police stole watch, bungled evidence at Pistorius home

Oscar Pistorius's murder trial heard that police officers were clumsy with evidence and even stole a watch from the scene where Reeva Steenkamp was killed, in testimony from an ex-colleague on Friday. Former station chief Giliam van Rensburg, who retired from the police last year, testified that an officer stole a watch worth as much as $10,000 (7,000 euros), in a damning indictment of his ex-colleagues.

Pistorius sketch artist not bitter that trial is on TV

Court sketch artist Jaco van Vuuren could be forgiven for feeling a little aggrieved that South Africa's biggest trial in decades is being broadcast live on television around the world. But the ponytailed artist, who trained on the same track as Oscar Pistorius for a decade, says his pictures evoke the atmosphere and drama in the North Gauteng High Court in a way the cameras cannot. "What I'm trying to do is take the viewer to the courtroom, to feel the scenario we feel," Van Vuuren told AFP Thursday.

Court sees photos of Pistorius's blood-splattered home

Graphic photos of Oscar Pistorius's blood-splattered home were presented at his trial on Thursday, with the prosecution arguing that the nightmare scene showed he and Reeva Steenkamp fought before she died. The prosecution used grizzly police pictures and testimony from Colonel Giliam van Rensburg to follow a trail of blood from the entrance hall where Reeva Steenkamp's lifeless body lay covered, up the stairs to the toilet where she was shot. In the blood-soaked bathroom a pistol lay wrapped in a grey towel beside an iPhone.

Court sees photos of Pistorius's blood-splattered home

Graphic photos of Oscar Pistorius's blood-splattered home were presented at his trial on Thursday, with the prosecution arguing that the nightmare scene showed he and Reeva Steenkamp fought before she died. The prosecution used grizzly police pictures and testimony from Colonel Giliam van Rensburg to follow a trail of blood from the entrance hall where Reeva Steenkamp's lifeless body lay covered, up the stairs to the toilet where she was shot. In the blood-soaked bathroom a pistol lay wrapped in a grey towel beside an iPhone.

Police back in the dock at Pistorius trial

Oscar Pistorius's defence lawyer grilled a police forensics expert for a second day Thursday, questioning his qualifications in a bid to discredit key evidence from the night the Paralympian shot dead his girlfriend. Barry Roux resumed a searing cross-examination of Colonel Gerhard Vermeulen, hoping to rubbish his testimony that could indicate the double-amputee sprinter lied about how events unfolded on February 14, 2013.
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