Police decoding Oscar’s iPhone will be a bonus

2014-02-11 00:00

IT will be a bonus if the police can decode the data on Oscar Pistorius’s Apple iPhone to use in court.

This information is, however, not considered as vital evidence in the case against Pistorius, with the police investigating team prepared to start with the hearing.

This is according to a source close to the police investigation, who yesterday spoke to sister paper Beeld.

The case in which the Olympic athlete will face four main charges, including one of murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp (29), starts on March 3 in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Pistorius’s defence is that he thought he was shooting at an intruder in his house on February 14, 2013.

The source confirmed to Beeld the data on Pistorius’s phone still had to be decoded in the United States.

This must be done with help of the Apple company in California, because Pistorius said he has forgotten his Apple passwords.

The bureaucratic process of the U.S. Federal Investigations Bureau (FBI), has, however, delayed decoding the phones to date.

The source said a court order had to be obtained in the U.S. as one of the steps in the process. The investigators must also travel to the U.S.

“Something like this is a long and very cumbersome process. But it [the data] is not the crux of the case.

“Anything extra [like this data] is a bonus.”

The source said the case hinged on the toilet door through which Pistorius had shot Steenkamp, as well as witness reports obtained by the police.

The source said the police had a “good, prima facie” case against the athlete. While Pistorius’s pistol and the toilet door form part of the volume of evidence, there will not be a large amount of evidence, the source said.

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