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Cape Town - British businessman Shrien Dewani deleted his user profile, which contained e-mails between himself and an undisclosed man in 2009, from his wife's laptop, a witness told the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

The State's fourth witness, cybercrime unit official Mark Roberts, who is based within England's national crime agency, was called to testify on what he retrieved from the late Anni Dewani's Dell laptop.

The testimony was being heard during Shrien Dewani's trial for the murder of his wife in Cape Town on 13 November 2010.

Roberts made a working copy of the 256GB hard drive of the laptop, of which 239GB was occupied.

There were four active profiles on the hard drive, including Anni's, which was created on June 3, 2010 and was in use until 11 November 2010.

He used keywords to sift through all the data on the computer, including website names, family names, places in South Africa, gay fetish and watersports.

Prosecutor Adrian Mopp asked if what he found was a deleted profile.

"Yes, I did. The previous profile belonged to Mr Dewani," he replied.

His profile was created on 17 January 2010 and active until 20 April 2010.

Second analysis

Roberts said the activity during this period was e-mail and internet based.

He discovered e-mails that were transferred to the device and saved in Microsoft format, that pre-dated January 17 2010.

"My second analysis discovered a lot of e-mail activity between Mr Dewani and a third person," Roberts said.

Mopp said this person's name would not be mentioned to protect their rights.

There were a total of 53 e-mails from the third person to Dewani between 25 June and 13 August 2009.

He did not have figures for the e-mails that Dewani sent to the third person.

"I read those e-mails and those e-mails gave me other keywords to use as well," Roberts said.

He extracted those e-mails.

Dewani's lawyer Francois Van Zyl said he would be objecting to the admissibility of those e-mails based on their irrelevance to the trial.

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