Cops access some info on Pistorius's phone

2014-02-21 10:19
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Johannesburg - Investigators have managed to access a large part of the information on Oscar Pistorius's iPhone, but still need assistance from Apple in the US to access the rest.

Beeld reported on Friday that police still need help in unlocking several accounts on the iPhone.

They have obtained a court order in California which will oblige Apple to decode encrypted data, but have experienced bureaucratic delays.

Pistorius, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day last year, told police at the time that he had forgotten his phone's Apple ID password.

An Apple ID is a user's access to most Apple services, such as iCloud online storage, iTunes, and the App Store. According to Apple, a user can have more than one Apple ID.

Investigators are still looking at the information on the phone, and hope to present evidence during his trial, which starts in the North Gauteng High Court on 3 March 2014.

Beeld earlier quoted a source close to the investigation saying that while it would be a bonus if police were able to decode the data on the phone, this is not considered vital evidence as the State has a good prima facie case against Pistorius.

EWN recently reported that investigators took three phones from the crime scene, and have been unable to analyse the message history and data from messaging applications on an iPhone 5.

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