The blood-spattered bathroom where Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius has been pictured for the first time.

The graphic pictures show inside the Paralympian sprinter’s house in Pretoria, South Africa, where Miss Steenkamp was killed in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.

Pools of blood 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.

 
Graphic pictures obtained by Sky News show for the first time the bathroom where Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by Paralympian Oscar Pistorius

Graphic pictures obtained by Sky News show for the first time the bathroom where Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by Paralympian Oscar Pistorius

 

 
 
Pistorius denies that Reeva Steenkamp's Valentine's Day murder was premeditated

Pistorius denies that Reeva Steenkamp’s Valentine’s Day murder was premeditated

It is thought that the low position of the bullet holes will be used by Pistorius’s defence team to argue that he was not wearing his prosthetic legs at the time of the shooting, so could not have planned the murder.

He claims he shot Miss 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 blood leading from the bathroom and down the stairs of the house, from Pistorius carrying Miss Steenkamp’s body as he called for help.

In one poignant scene, a Valentine’s gift for 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.

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.

Pistorius says he shot Miss Steenkamp in error after mistaking her for an intruder.

The Sky footage also shows bloodied footprints – thought to have been caused by investigating officer Hilton Botha walking into the house without protective covers on his shoes.

The investigation into Miss Steenkamp’s death has been heavily criticised.

Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius pictured together in November last year. Three months later he killed her

Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius pictured together in November last year. Three months later he killed her

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 Pistorius.

 

Earlier this week, Pistorius was fined about £60,000 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.

The 26-year-old declared in an affidavit during his application that he earned around £420,000 a year and owned three houses and land in South Africa with a combined value of nearly £600,000.

Media reports in South Arica suggested that he also owned another property, in Johannesburg, which was bought for around £600,000 this year.

That house was not declared as part of his assets in his affidavit.

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