The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius continued today, with the High Court in Pretoria being shown a picture by the prosecution of the Paralympic sprinter bare-chested and splattered in blood.

The photograph was taken by police shortly after Mr Pistorius shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in February 2013 and was displayed as part of a series of pictures from that fateful night.

Those images were used alongside the testimony - which initially began yesterday - of Colonel Schoombie Van Rensburg, one of the first police officers to arrive on the scene.

As part of his evidence, Col Van Rensburg informed the court how the door which Mr Pistorius shot through was taken apart, stored in bags and guarded by security in the aftermath of the shooting but not tampered with.

Under questioning from defence lawyer Barry Roux, he spoke of how he found Mr Pistorius in an "emotional state" on the night in question, confirming that he was crying and visibly upset.

Col Van Rensburg - who described following a blood trail to the bathroom and finding two mobile phones and tissue upon arrival - continually claimed that no evidence had been tampered with at the scene yet saw his credibility brought under increased scrutiny by the relentless Roux who meticulously went over the details and forced an admission from the witness that he had indeed failed to notice that the door had been sealed in different ways in separate photographs.

There was also some confusion relating to the position of a white mobile phone on the crime scene, with the object shown as lying uncovered when Col Van Rensburg had initially claimed that it was not openly visible.

Mr Pistorius is accused of the pre-meditated murder of Ms Steenkamp as well as three other charges relating to firearms - all of which he denies.

While the prosecution are seeking to prove that he killed the former model and law graduate after a domestic dispute, the athlete claims he mistook her for an intruder.

If found guilty, he could face a sentence of life imprisonment.

South Africa does not have a jury system, so his fate will be decided by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

The trial continues.

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