Griekwastad farm had cellphone coverage

2013-11-06 23:10
(Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

(Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

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Kimberley - There was cellphone reception on the farm Naauwhoek on the day of the Steenkamp murders, the Northern Cape High Court heard on Wednesday.

“Only MTN has coverage for normal cellphones on the farm,” said Captain Francois Moller, a communication and cellphone analyst with the police.

The court was hearing evidence in the trial of a 17-year-old boy accused of the murders of Northern Cape farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christelle, 43, and daughter Marthella, 14. They were shot on the farm on 6 April 2012.

Moller testified he was asked by the investigator to analyse the detailed billing records and the information on the cellphones found at the crime scene. The same was done with the boy’s Blackberry 8520.

Moller took the court through an analysis of all the cellphones.

It showed that on the day of the murders Marthella used her phone for applications like Facebook, Twitter and BBM.

Her father phoned his wife once and talked with his father “Oupa Don” at 17:49 on Good Friday.

Christelle Steenkamp received various text messages and calls from friends during the day.

Police found much information had been deleted from the boy's phone.

However, a BBM discussion between the boy and a friend was extracted and read into the court record.

Moller said all the data indicated that there was cellphone coverage on the farm during the crucial time of 18:00 and 19:00 on Good Friday last year. The State alleges the murders were committed in this period.

The former commander of the Griekwastad police station, Captain George Jafta, testified he received the first call about the murders from the police station at 18:50 on 6 April 2012.

The trial continues.

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