Cellphone analyst to continue giving evidence at Pistorius’ trial

By Drum Digital
25 March 2014

Police cellphone analyst Captain Francois Moller is expected to continue giving evidence on Tuesday in the murder trial of paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

On Monday, Moller testified that a few weeks before Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, she sent him a message saying she was scared of his temper.

Moller read out transcripts of angry exchanges between the couple on WhatsApp, downloaded from her mobile phone.

In more than one the model complained that Pistorius was short-tempered and overly critical of her.

Moller read out a lengthy text message Steenkamp had sent to Pistorius on January 27, expressing unhappiness with his behaviour at an engagement party for one of her friends.

In his response, the athlete apologised but complained that she had ignored him and spoken to another man.

As the private messages were read out in court, Pistorius cried softly in the dock.

Moller said on February 8, Steenkamp again complained about tension between the couple that arose when they attended a public function.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp in the early hours of February 14, last year.

The sprinter, nicknamed "Blade Runner", has denied intending to kill Steenkamp, contending that when he fired four shots into a locked bathroom door, he believed there was an intruder in the toilet cubicle.

The star athlete has pleaded not guilty to charges of the premeditated murder of Steenkamp; as well as contraventions of the Firearms Control Act.

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