CAPE TOWN, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Forensic investigators and ballistic experts appointed by murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius were conducting their own independent probe, police said on Thursday.
The investigation was assisted by the South African Police Service (SAPS), Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said in a statement.
He was speaking amid press reports regarding the visit by the forensic investigators and ballistic experts appointed by Pistorius.
"The residence of Mr Pistorius is no longer a crime scene and was handed back to him long ago," Makgale said.
Pistorius' spokesperson Anneliese Burgess said earlier this week that a team of forensic experts have arrived in South Africa to assist Pistorius' defense team to prepare for the trial of Pistorius set for March.
Pistorius is charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria home on February 14. Pistorius said he shot Steemkamp, mistaking her for a burglar. But police do not support his accounts and argue a case of premeditated murder.
The experts hired by Pistorius were at his residence on September 30, 2013 after making prior arrangements with the police investigating team, according Makgale.
"The purpose of this visit was to enable them to have access to the toilet door and to reconstruct the crime scene. This has been the second time that this has been done during the presence of our investigating team.
"The investigating officer and a ballistic expert from SAPS were present during the examination of the toilet door and the door was never handed over to them. They had controlled access to the toilet door to enable them to conduct their own independent examination," said Mokgale.
He said the forensic team of Mr Pistorius did not take any evidence from the SAPS storage facilities nor did they have any evidence in their sole possession at any time.
"No other physical evidence were examined by the forensic investigators of Mr Pistorius. In terms of South African Law, the State is however obliged to make any exhibit or evidence in its possession available to an accused or defence council, upon request, in order for the accused to prepare for his/her defence," Mokgale said.
Pistorius is currently out on 1-million-rand (about 100,000-US-dollar) bail.
His trial date is set for March 3-20 next year.
In addition to the murder charge, Pistorius faces two more charges -- the first related to Pistorius firing his gun out of the sunroof of a friend's car while driving home from a holiday, and the second related to Pistorius accidentally firing his friend's gun in a Johannesburg restaurant.
Prosecutors have prepared an indictment to serve on Pistorius.
When the indictment is served, the state is also expected to disclose the docket of evidence to allow the accused to prepare a defence.
Pistorius is known as the Blade Runner because of his carbon fibre prosthetic blades. He was the first double amputee to run in the Olympics. He reached the 400m semifinals at the London 2012 Games.