Pistorius trial: Expert describes cell usage

PRETORIA, South Africa – Reeva Steenkamp related to the Internet on her cellular phone hours before Oscar Pistorius killed her, and the connection was nonetheless working mechanically hours after her death, an skilled from the South African police testified Tuesday at the athlete’s murder trial.

Capt. Francois Moller, who downloaded information from the cell telephones of each Pistorius and his girlfriend, said Steenkamp made an Internet connection just before 9 p.m. on Feb. thirteen, 2013, and the connection lasted for more than eleven hours, presumably because social media applications have been nonetheless open. Pistorius fatally shot her about six hours later via a closed toilet door in his house.

“If an utility shouldn’t be closed, it can keep it up working,” Moller stated.

Protection lawyer Barry Roux also indicated that Steenkamp’s phone could not have been manually utilized by anybody for your entire interval cited by Moller, saying: “It does not mean that it’s human interplay.”

Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp in his dwelling the early hours of Valentine’s Day, and Moller’s extraction of information also shed light on what appeared to be a frantic collection of phone calls created from considered one of Pistorius’ cellular telephones after the killing. They embrace a call to the administrator of the housing property the place Pistorius lived at 3:19 a.m. on Feb. 14, a call a minute later to an ambulance service and a name a minute after that to the housing property safety.

The telephone that was used for those and different calls was only handed over to police 11 days later, Moller stated.

Moller stated says he obtained more than 1,000 message exchanges between Pistorius and Steenkamp on their phones. Moller stated he acquired as evidence two BlackBerry telephones, two iPhones, two iPads and a Mac computer from Pistorius’ home the day after Steenkamp was shot to demise

Prosecutors allege Pistorius killed Steenkamp after an argument. Pistorius says he killed her by chance, mistaking her for an intruder in his home.

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