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The murder trial of South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius was Friday shown images of the athlete taken on the night he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The images were taken by a police photographer at the scene and showed Pistorius bare-chested and clenching his fists, with blood over his shorts and prosthetic legs.

Judge Thokozile Masipa was also shown images of Steenkamp's dead body, including close-up photographs of the gunshot wound to her head. While the images of Pistorius were visible in open court on display monitors, the most graphic photographs were kept in folders and intended to be viewed only by the judge and lawyers.

However, these images were reportedly visible in the public gallery as lawyers flicked through these files. On Thursday photographs of Steenkamp's body were accidentally shown on the court's monitors, causing Pistorius to vomit.

Prosecution lawyer Gerrie Nel talked through the photographs with witness Colonel Schoombie Van Rensburg, a former detective who was one of the first policemen on the scene.

Talking through the photos, van Rensburg said the bathroom window was "too high" for someone to climb through. His testimony and the photographs formed the opening exchanges of day 10 of the trial at the court in Pretoria, South Africa.

Pistorius denies murder and says he shot Steenkamp thinking she was an intruder.

- Alexander Smith