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Oscar Pistorius threw up in the dock today after horrific images of his girlfriend?s blood-splattered body were accidentally shown in court.

Gasps filled the courtroom when close-up pictures were displayed on a screen on two occasions while the operator was scrolling through trying to find other images.

They showed Reeva Steenkamp?s skull, body and bullet wounds after she was shot dead by the Paralympian at his home.

Pistorius began violently retching and sobbing at the sight of the model?s corpse before being handed a green bucket which he vomited into repeatedly.

After composing himself, the athlete questioned why the images were being shown and turned off the computer screen in front of him to avoid seeing any more.

His sister Aimee, who was also crying, left her seat in the public gallery to comfort him in the dock.

Desi Myers, the mother of Reeva Steenkamp?s room-mate Gina Myers had earlier left the court in tears when pictures of Pistorius?s blood-covered bathroom were shown.

The court was shown other graphic images of the ?trial of blood? found on the floors, walls, stairs and chairs in the athlete?s house by one of two police officers who were first on the scene.

Former police Colonel Schoombie van Rensburg said he traced spots and bigger blood marks downstairs where Steenkamp lay dead from three gunshot wounds.

He described how he saw Miss Steenkamp?s body covered in towels and plastic bags that the daughter of the estate administrator said she had used, with assistance from Pistorius, to try to stop the bleeding.

Moments later, he found a ?very emotional? Pistorius in the kitchen pacing up and down.

?I asked him what happened but he didn?t answer me,? Van Rensburg told the court. ?He was in tears.?

He then followed the blood trail across the floor, up the staircase, through a small lounge area and then into Pistorius?s bedroom.

Ultimately, van Rensburg reached the bathroom where the world-famous athlete shot his girlfriend in the early hours of Valentine?s Day last year.

There, van Rensburg said he found Pistorius?s 9mm, with the hammer cocked and the safety off, on a bath mat.

?It was ready to fire,? he said, when shown a picture. ?You just have to pull the trigger.?

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel noted that the mat was clean and out of kilter with the blood stains around it.

There were also spent bullet casings, cellphones and a blood-soaked towel on the bathroom floor, along with the cricket bat Pistorius says he used to break down the toilet door to get to Miss Steenkamp.

In the toilet cubicle, there was a darker pool of blood and the wooden splinters where the locked door, through which Pistorius shot the model, had been bashed through.

Near the door to the athlete?s bedroom, there was a black air gun rifle and a blue baseball bat.

Pictures of the bedroom showed a cabinet with multiple sets of slick sunglasses and a box of expensive-looking watches as well as blood stains on the carpets and even across a mirror on the watch box.

Another image showed the gun holster on a table by the side of the bed where Pistorius says Steenkamp, and not him, was sleeping that night. 

The size of the bedroom suggested Pistorius had to walk close to where he says he thought Steenkamp was still sleeping to get to the bathroom.

In another photograph displayed on TV monitors in the court, spots of blood are seen right next to some of the Olympic and multiple Paralympic champion?s trophies.

Earlier, a photograph of Pistorius?s blood-stained prosthetic legs was used by his chief defense lawyer in a bid to show that the athlete was wearing them, as he says, when he broke down the toilet door with a cricket bat.



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