Phone data key in Oscar case - report

2014-03-02 10:27
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - Key to the State's case in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial is evidence recovered from the athlete’s iPhone, reports the Sunday Times.

According to the newspaper, senior police officers spent time with Apple technicians in the US to recover encrypted content stored on the 27-year-old’s phone. Passwords initially given to police by Pistorius apparently only gave them limited access to the device.

With the help of a Durban-based company, investigators were able to access some data last year, but needed official co-operation from Apple to retrieve encrypted and deleted information on another level.

Three senior and specialised officers were sent to the US and were able to retrieve SMSes and WhatsApp messages. Times of phone calls were also recorded.

Pistorius is set to go on trial in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.

Last week, prosecutors said that even without access to the phone, there would be enough evidence to support the premeditated murder charge. According to AP, the State is expected to build its case on witnesses who will testify about hearing screaming before the shooting, as well as forensics evidence relating to the trajectory of bullets fired through the toilet door.

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  pistorius trial
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