Police accused of mishandling evidence in Pistorius case

SOUTH African police came under the spotlight at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial when it emerged 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.

On day 10 of the trial, Colonel Schoombie Van Rensburg, the first policeman to arrive at Pistorius's home in an upmarket Pretoria estate, expressed his anger at forensic blunders but had his own work called into question by the defence.

Colonel Van Rensburg said the missing watch was one of eight found in the house.

"I told the whole forensic team that those watches were a big concern of mine," he told the court.

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