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Wed Sep 03 09:04:55 SAST 2014

The Oscar Pistorius murder trial Day 15

TimesLIVE, Tymon Smith, Graeme Hosken and Sapa | 25 March, 2014 09:21

Get all the news from the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on Day 15 in one place.

Pistorius prosecution rests - Tymon Smith

The state has completed its case in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius with more of a whimper than a bang.

Recalled at the request of the defence to explain a mark its experts claim was made by a cricket bat, but which was not considered during his investigation, forensic expert Colonel Johannes Vermeulen refused to accept defence advocate Barry Roux's argument that the mark was made by the cricket bat.

He told the court that, while he had tested the mark with the bat during his investigation, he had discounted it as being made by the bat, and had not included photos of his test in the album he presented as part of his evidence.

Roux put it to Vermeulen that the height of the mark would discount the state's theory that Pistorius had broken down the door with the bat while on his stumps - not on his prostheses, as claimed in his version of events.

Vermeulen argued that the difference in height between the defence's purported cricket bat mark and the one below, which he had identified as being made by the bat, was too small to discount his original contention that the Paralympian was on his stumps when he broke down the toilet door.

Nel then closed the state's case and Roux requested an adjournment in order for the defence team to consider which witnesses on the state's list it would consult.

Judge Thokozile Masipa granted a postponement until Friday morning, when the defence will begin presenting its case. Pistorius is expected to testify in his own defence.

STATE CLOSES ITS CASE IN OSCAR CASE - Sapa

The State closed its case in Oscar Pistorius's murder trial in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"If it pleases the court, My Lady, learned assessors, this is the State's case," prosecutor Gerrie Nel told Judge Thokozile Masipa.

This happened shortly after Barry Roux, for Pistorius, recalled Colonel Johannes Vermeulen to the stand to re-examine him.

Vermeulen had testified about the marks Pistorius made in the door of his toilet with his cricket bat.

He shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through the locked door, apparently thinking she was an intruder, in his Pretoria home on February 14 last year. He then used a cricket bat to break down the door and get Steenkamp out.

After Nel had spoken, Roux asked for a postponement of the trial until Friday.

"We need your indulgence to consider the statements of witnesses not called by the State and see who will be available and willing to talk to us," he told Masipa.

She granted the postponement.

Pistorius is charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp and with contraventions of the Firearms Control Act.

DOOR, BAT ANALYST RECALLED AT OSCAR TRIAL - Sapa

A police forensic analyst came under fire when he was recalled for more questioning over his examination of the door Oscar Pistorius said he broke through to free his dying girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Colonel Johannes Vermeulen was quizzed by Barry Roux, SC, for Pistorius, on Tuesday over why he did not mention an extra mark on the door -- which is always on display in the High Court in Pretoria during Pistorius's murder trial.

Roux also wanted to know why there were no photos of the mark in the albums of photographs taken at the crime scene after Pistorius shot Steenkamp on February 14, 2013.

"There was no reason for me to deny that that mark was caused by that bat," said Vermeulen.

Roux said the reason he had left it out of his evidence was that if Pistorius, a double amputee, stood on his stumps, he would not be able to match the height of the mark.

Vermeulen previously said in his opinion, Pistorius was on his stumps when he bashed the door.

This contradicted the athlete's bail statement that he had put on his prosthetic legs once he realised he had shot Steenkamp to break the door down and free her.

Vermeulen said he did not know where the photographs of the bat against the mark on the door came from.

He also conceded that he had not analysed wood indentations before.

He said he did not investigate a shoe mark on the door because he was not asked to.

FORENSIC ANALYST RECALLED AT OSCAR TRIAL - Sapa

Forensic analyst Colonel Johannes Vermeulen was recalled to testify in Oscar Pistorius's murder trial in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"...The witness was called back on the request of Mr [Barry} Roux," said prosecutor Gerrie Nel after Vermeulen was sworn in.

Roux is Pistorius's defence lawyer.

Vermeulen testified earlier in the trial about the bloodied cricket bat Pistorius said he used to break a toilet door to free his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after he shot her.

Roux said Vermeulen was called back to the court on March 18, 2013 to examine the door for another mark the defence said it had spotted.

Vermeulen earlier testified he believed that Pistorius was on his stumps when he hit the door after shooting Steenkamp, based on tests and measurements done by the forensic analyst. This would contradict Pistorius's bail application statement in which he said he had put his prosthetic legs on before taking up the bat to free her.

The door has been part of an installation in the court room recreating the dimensions of Pistorius's toilet cubicle at his home in Silver Woods estate, Pretoria.

Vermeulen said he looked again at the door and the marks he had investigated earlier.

"I was called back with the instruction to have a look at the door," he said.

"It was explained to me that the defence found a new mark on the door which they wanted me to give my view," said Vermeulen.

But he said he was not given any specific instructions on what to look for when he was asked to look at the door again.

He arrived early in the morning when the police were conducting their explosives sweep with their dogs and he was alone, he testified.

Vermeulen repeated that the only marks he could relate to the cricket bat were those explained in his affidavit.

Pistorius has been charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp and of contravening the Firearms Control Act.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On September 30, 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscarPistorius Vermeulen arguing that height isn't significant enough to alter his theory assuming it was made by cricket bat

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscarPistorius - Roux wants to argue that the height of this mark means it couldn't have been made while OP was on stumps

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscarPistorius Photos show Vermeulen testing the defence's mark with cricket bat - he says he forgot but still doesn't think it matches

11 CRIMES IN SILVER WOODS IN THREE YEARS - Sapa

Only 11 crime incidents were reported in Oscar Pistorius's townhouse complex in three years, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

Two of these were the killing of Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, allegedly by Pistorius in his home in the Silver Woods estate on February 14, 2013, and the theft of one of his watches hours afterwards, Warrant Officer Hendrick Maritz said to questioning by prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

The third was a house robbery on the estate on October 24, 2011.

"And there were no other house robberies or burglaries?" Nel asked.

"None we could pick up on our system," Maritz replied.

The statistics Maritz was being questioned on covered the period January 2011 to April 2013. The estate is in the Silver Lakes area of Pretoria.

Pistorius is on trial for the murder of Steenkamp. He claims he shot her through the locked door of his toilet thinking she was an intruder.

Shortly after the shooting, while the police forensics team was on the scene, one of Pistorius's expensive watches was stolen from his bedroom.

Maritz is attached to the crime information office of the Boschkop police station and tasked with compiling daily reports on which areas crimes are committed in.

Nel asked Maritz if Pistorius had ever appeared on the police's case administration system as either a complainant or an accused before February 14, 2013.

He replied no.

Barry Roux, for Pistorius, then began his cross-examination.

Maritz said the statistics he used were only crimes reported to police.

Roux said that on the evening of Steenkamp's death the police who attended to the scene at Pistorius's house had just come from a house robbery at another estate.

He said the court had also heard previous testimony that living in a security estate was not a guarantee of safety.

When Roux had concluded, Nel had Maritz explain how crimes reported were not recorded on the police computer systems.

This could occur through typing errors on the name or identity number of the complainant, Maritz said.

Cell phone messages reveal soppy side to Pistorius, Reeva relationship - Tymon Smith

The soppy side of the relationship between Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp emerged during cross-examination of state cell phone analyst Captain Francois Moller on the fifteenth day of the Paralympian's murder trial.

Intent on demonstrating that - as stated in his client's affidavit - his relationship with Steenkamp had been a warm and loving one, Roux had Moller read out messages full of "my angel", boos, babas, miss yous and kisses that indicated Pistorius’s and Steenkamp's affection for each other in the months before the shooting.

Roux also showed CCTV footage from a garage shop of the couple shopping for snacks and kissing each other in the shop’s aisles.

The clip, which was screened on Sky News, brought Steenkamp's mother June, who was in the gallery, to tears and was shown despite objections from prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Moller’s testimony was followed by a short appearance on the stand by Warrant Officer Frans Maritz from the Boschkop Police Station.

Maritz testified that Pistorius's name did not appear in the police database as having reported any crimes to the police and that there was only one record of a burglary incident in Silver Woods Estate from October 2011, which did not involved the athlete or his residence in the estate.

Nel is set to call a new witness after the lunch break today.

STEENKAMP MAY HAVE DELETED MESSAGE - Sapa

Reeva Steenkamp may have deleted a message sent by murder-accused Oscar Pistorius in response to her raising a concern over their dating, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

"I can't be attacked by outsiders for dating you," read the message, according to police data analyst Captain Francois Moller.

The next communication between the couple, according to records Moller retrieved, was the following morning at 10am when Steenkamp sent Pistorius a good morning message and he replied using "baba", his term of endearment for her.

Moller said, in response to questioning by Pistorius's counsel Barry Roux SC, that it was possible that Steenkamp had deleted his response to the previous night's message and that is why no response to Steenkamp's message of the day before could be found.

Pistorius has been charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp on February 14 2013.

The State alleges they had an argument, and drew on messages on their WhatsApp which might support this contention.

Pistorius has said that they were in a loving relationship and that he shot Steenkamp in his home thinking there was an intruder.

He also faces charges related to alleged contraventions of the Firearms Control Act. He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On September 30, 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges

'I MISS YOU': REEVA TO OSCAR - Sapa

Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius exchanged loving text messages days before he allegedly murdered her, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

"Truth is, i miss you," read a message the model and law graduate sent to the "Blade Runner" on January 29 last year around 9pm.

"I'm missing you so, so much!" Pistorius replied.

The messages were read to the court by Captain Francois Moller, who downloaded data from the couple's iPhones.

He was prompted to read them to the court by Barry Roux, for Pistorius, during cross-examinaton.

On February 14 last year, he shot and killed her through the locked door of his toilet, apparently thinking she was an intruder.

Roux was making the argument that the couple were in a loving relationship, as "90 percent" of the messages exchanged between them in the weeks before Steenkamp's death indicated.

On February 4, Steenkamp wrote to him: "If you want to go chill with him that's cool angel... I can come to you whenever."

Pistorius replied: "No baba, I want to chill with you."

On February 11, she wrote: "I'm always on your side but mostly pro us and the health of our relationship."

Another message from her ended "I have said a small prayer for both of us."

"Kiss, kiss, kiss," Roux added, reading from a written copy of the messages.

On Monday, Moller, being questioned by prosecutor Gerrie Nel, read to the court messages from Steenkamp to the athlete portraying a possessive Pistorius who threw temper tantrums.

Pistorius has been charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp and of contravening the Firearms Control Act.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On September 30, 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

STEENKAMP PLANNED VALENTINE'S MEAL - Sapa

Reeva Steenkamp planned to cook for murder accused Oscar Pistorius on Valentine's Day, revealed WhatsApp messages read to the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"Baby can i cook for you on Thursday?" read police data analyst Captain Francois Moller at the request of Pistorius's defence Barry Roux, SC.

In the message sent on February 11 last year, Steenkamp asks Pistorius what he might eat that week and one of Pistorius replies is: "I'd love that, nunu."

Pistorius has admitted shooting Steenkamp dead in the toilet leading off his bedroom, saying he thought there was an intruder in there when he fired four shots.

She died in his house in the early hours of February 14 2013.

Roux sought to show that "more than 90 percent" of their text exchanges were loving, despite four messages that reflected an argument between them.

Another message Moller was asked to read was sent on February 11 at 10pm from Pistorius to Steenkamp: "I miss you one more than you miss me always" to which she replied: "Impossible".

Roux broke the solemnity of hearing her last messages by sparking giggles with his addition of "kiss kiss kiss" to indicate the three crosses at the end of some of their messages.

Pistorius has been charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp and of contravening the Firearms Control Act.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On September 30, 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscarPistorius Nel finished, Roux asks one more question, Moller excused, five minutes while we wait for interpreter for next witness

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscarPistorius Nel pointing out that the only long Whatsapp messages were the ones from arguments between OP and RS

FOOTAGE OF REEVA AND OSCAR SHOWN - Sapa

CCTV footage of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp kissing in a garage shop was screened in his murder trial in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

In the jerky colour footage of February 4, 2013, Steenkamp, with her hair in a pony tail, is seen choosing food from a fridge, while Pistorius walks close to her.

Roux told the court this was screened previously on Sky news.

She was shot dead by Pistorius on February 14 last year. He said he thought there was an intruder in his bathroom when he fired four shots, killing her.

Steenkamp's mother June, in the front row of the court and next to the large screen on which it was shown, held her head down and then was hugged by a friend as she cried.

Roux asked for permission to show the footage, after prosecutor Gerrie Nel objected saying he did not know what was going to be shown.

Roux wanted to show the court that "more than 90 percent" of their WhatsApp messages were of a loving nature.

On Monday, police data analyst Francois Moller read a WhatsApp message from Steenkamp where she expressed concern over an incident at a friend's engagement party which she said was caused by him and made them leave early.

On Tuesday, Roux honed in on kisses and terms of endearment such as "Boo" they sent each other over WhatsApp. Messages from Pistorius read "My Angel are you safe? and "Good morning my angel I hope you slept well."

Pistorius has been charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp and of contravening the Firearms Control Act.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On September 30, 2012, he allegedly fired a shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

OSCAR, REEVA SHARED INTEREST IN CARS - Sapa

Murder accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius and the woman he is accused of murdering, Reeva Steenkamp, shared an interest in cars, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

"There was an interest showed between Mr Pistorius and Reeva and that is motor vehicles," Barry Roux, SC, for Pistorius said.

He was cross-examining Captain Francois Moller, who extracted data from the couple's iPhones after Steenkamp was killed on February 14 last year.

Roux was looking at the internet history on Steenkamp's phone. She visited websites like motormag and vehicletraders. The couple exchanged WhatsApp messages about cars.

"Some of the messages also include pictures of motor vehicles," said Roux.

He was making the argument that the couple were in a loving relationship, as "90 percent" of the messages exchanged between them in the weeks before Steenkamp's death indicated.

On Monday, Moller, being questioned by prosecutor Gerrie Nel, read to the court messages from Steenkamp to the athlete indicating Pistorius was possessive and threw temper tantrums.

Roux said on Tuesday: "[They were] sharing motor vehicle details."

Moller added: "And comments on certain aspects of motor vehicles."

Pistorius has been charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp and of contravening the Firearms Control Act.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On September 30, 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscarPistorius ok so clip shows the two of them shopping for things to eat, looking like normal, happy affectionate couple

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscarPistorius the clip is CCTV footage from a garage shop showing OP and RS on Feb 4 last year, clip shown on Sky News

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscarPistorius Roux wants to show a clip of OP and RS demonstrating loving nature of relationship but Nel is objecting

MOST OSCAR-REEVA MESSAGES 'LOVING' - Sapa

Messages between Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp revealed in his murder trial painted a picture of a loving relationship, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

"There was a disagreement and unhappiness, but if you look at the emails it was resolved very quickly," Barry Roux, SC, for Pistorius said.

Police cellphone analyst Captain Francois Moller responded: "That's correct my lady."

Roux said: "Ninety percent of the messages were loving. I think it's a bit higher, the percentages, but it's not important."

Moller continued to read out transcripts of messages between the couple he had downloaded from their mobile phones.

Pistorius is on trial for the premeditated murder of Steenkamp, who was shot through the locked toilet door of his Pretoria home on February 14 last year. He said he had mistaken her for an intruder.

He has pleaded not guilty and in his plea statement denied they had argued shortly before the shooting. He also faces two charges related to contraventions of the Firearms Control Act.

On Monday, the court heard that on February 8, 2013, Steenkamp sent a message to Pistorius that said: "I can't be attacked by outsiders for dating you, and attacked by you."

She said he was the one person who was supposed to protect her.

The couple argued after they had attended an event.

The court heard that she sent him a message at 10.27am on February 8, that said: "Morning Ozzy" and he replied: "Morning baba (baby)."

Various other exchanges between the couple were highlighted including when Pistorius sent a message to Steenkamp saying: "xxx" and she replied: "xxxxx".

Moller was asked to read out various messages between the two sending each other kisses and using pet names.

Roux pointed out interaction between the two where Steenkamp sent a photograph of herself to Pistorius where she is blowing him a kiss.

This was a different picture of the relationship compared to the one painted on Monday.

On Monday, the court heard how Steenkamp was afraid of Pistorius, as Moller read out WhatsApp messages between the couple where she said he was short-tempered and overly critical of her.

A message Steenkamp sent on January 27, 2013, read: "You have picked on me excessively... I do everything to make you happy and you do everything to throw tantrums...

"I'm scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and of how you will react to me. You make me happy ninety percent of the time and I think we are amazing together... but I am not some other bitch... trying to kill your vibe..."

Steenkamp said the paralympian snapped at her and criticised her for how she spoke, the way she chewed gum and accents she put on. She said she just wanted to be loved and to love and told him she was "very unhappy and sad".

Pistorius cried in the dock on Monday as the messages were read out.

In his response to her, the athlete apologised but complained that she had ignored him and had spoken to another man.

Moller said 90 percent of the messages exchanged between the couple were "normal conversation" and many were "loving".

The trial is expected to continue until May 16.

No bombshells from analysis of Pistorius cell phones - Tymon Smith

So far, the fifteenth day of Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial hasn’t seen any bombshells relating to the state's evidence about the analysis of two cell phones belonging to the Paralympian.

Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

Phone records showed that there were connections to the internet on phones belonging to both Pistorius and Steenkamp after 10pm on February 13 2013, when, according to Pistorius's version of events, the couple had gone to bed.

But, during cross-examination, state cell phone analyst Captain Francois Moller admitted that these could have been caused by open applications on iPhones and couldn’t be determined as evidence of actual interaction by either Pistorius or Steenkamp with their handsets at the time.

Phone records also showed that, after the shooting, Pistorius had called Johan Stander, the manager of the Silver Woods Estate, where he lived, as well as Pieter Baba, a security guard at the estate.

Records also show a call for an ambulance and calls to his friend Justin Divaris and manager Peet van Zyl.

Defence advocate Barry Roux asked Moller about the process he had followed to select WhatsApp messages from Steenkamp's phone, which he read out during his testimony as evidence of arguments between the couple.

Roux showed that when read in the context of messages that preceded or followed them, these arguments had been resolved.

Cross-examination of Moller will continue after the tea adjournment, with messages demonstrating the couple’s shared love of cars and e-mails sent by Steenkamp.

It is expected that the state will wrap up its case soon after Moller's testimony.

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscarPistorius Roux handing in collection of loving nature Whatsapp messages

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscarPistorius now tweets about cars - "when cars are involved Reeva is a happy person."

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscarPistorius now we have emails dealing with the same thing

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscarPistorius now Roux referring to Whatsapp messages between OP and RS about cars

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscarPistorius RS' web history shows history of visits to motoring and vehicle trading sites

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscaPistorius we are back and now Roux is going through records of RS' web history recovered from her iPhone

ONLY FOUR MESSAGES SHOW 'ARGUMENT': ROUX - Sapa

A police data analyst found four messages out of 1709 between murder-accused Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp which could show an argument, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

"Out of that more than 1700 you found four [relevant to an argument]?" asked Roux of data analyst Captain Francois Moller.

"That's correct," said Moller.

The State alleges Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Steenkamp during a row in the early hours of February 14, last year. It disputes his version that he thought he was shooting an intruder in the bathroom of his Pretoria house.

Roux asked whether, during analysis of a WhatsApp message relating to the discharge of a firearm at Tasha's in Melrose Arch, Pistorius had said he had asked his friend Darren Fresco to take the blame.

"No," said Moller.

A message from Pistorius to Steenkamp read: "Angel, please don't say anything to anyone. Darren told everyone it was his fault. I can't afford for that to come out. The guys promised not to say a thing."

Roux said it showed his concern over the media but did not say he asked Fresco to take the blame.

"That's correct," said Moller.

Roux skipped one message, saying it was a "reflection on the deceased" which would be dealt with later.

Pistorius has been charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp and of contravening the Firearms Control Act.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On September 30, 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

OSCAR MAY HAVE CALLED VOICEMAIL BY MISTAKE - Sapa

Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius likely called his voicemail by mistake the morning he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

"I assume you have an iPhone?" Barry Roux, SC, for Pistorius, asked Captain Francois Moller, who extracted data from both Pistorius's and Steenkamp's iPhones.

"No," Moller replied clearly.

"The one thing that is always in the way at the bottom is the voicemail button," Roux explained to him.

Moller smiled and said his colleagues had complained about the same problem.

"It wasn't an intentional call. While Mr Pistorius was on the phone he probably accidentally pushed that button," Moller said.

Pistorius is accused of the murder of Steenkamp in his home around 3am on February 14 last year.

Pistorius's first voice call in the early morning of that day was at 3.19am to a number ending in 2251, which was saved on Pistorius's phone as "Johan Silver Woods", Moller said earlier.

Johan Stander is the head of security at the Silver Woods estate, where Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp through the locked door of his toilet, apparently thinking she was an intruder.

At 3.20am, the phone was used to make an internet connection. Moller told the court earlier this could include use of social networks like Twitter, Facebook, or WhatsApp.

At 3.20am, Pistorius called 082-911, an emergency services number. The call lasted 66 seconds.

This was followed by another internet connection, and then a call at 3.21am to a number ending in 6797, security at the estate.

Then, at 3.21am Pistorius called 121, his voice mailbox number. A minute later, Silver Woods' security called Pistorius back.

More internet connections followed, and then, at 3.55am, Pistorius called his friend Justin Divaris.

At 4.01am he called his older brother Carl.

Pistorius has been charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp and contraventions of the Firearms Control Act. He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On September 30, 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

ROUX CROSS-EXAMINES PHONE ANALYST - Sapa

The defence for murder-accused Oscar Pistorius began cross-examination on Tuesday of a police analyst who compiled the last calls and internet connections made before the paralympian shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

In the High Court in Pretoria, Barry Roux SC, extracted a concession from Captain Francois Moller that Steenkamp's long internet connection which started the night before she was killed, could have been automatic updates by her device.

The 41,029 second connection -- 11.3 hours according to Roux -- which started at 8.04 on February 13, 2013, could also have been because a social media site was still running.

Moller said the data indicated there was a communication but the type of communication was not specified.

"It does not mean that there is human interaction," he said.

Roux asked if the same would apply to Pistorius's communication on the morning of February 14.

"It can be any one of a lot of things," he said.

He said earlier that one of Pistorius's phones was used for an internet connection at 1.48am on February 14, shortly before he shot Steenkamp dead in his bathroom in Pretoria.

The connection lasted for 309 seconds -- five minutes and 15 seconds, according to testimony by Moller.

Pistorius has been charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp and contraventions of the Firearms Control Act.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On September 30, 2012 he allegedly fired a shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

FIRST CALL AFTER SHOOTING AT 3.19 AM - Sapa

Murder accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius made his first call of the morning on which he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp shortly after 3am, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

Pistorius's first voice call in the early morning of February 14, 2013 was at 3.19am to a number ending in 2251, which was saved on Pistorius's phone as "Johan Silver Woods", police captain Francois Moller said during Pistorius's murder trial.

Johan Stander is the head of security at the Silver Woods estate, where Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp through the locked door of his toilet, apparently thinking she was an intruder.

Moller was being questioned by prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

At 3.20am the phone was used to make an internet connection. Moller told the court earlier this could include use of social networks like Twitter, Facebook, or WhatsApp.

At 3.20am Pistorius called 082911, an emergency services number. The call lasted 66 seconds.

This was followed by another internet connection, and then a call at 3.21am to a number ending in 6797 -- security at the Silver Woods estate.

Then, at 3.21am Pistorius called 121, his voice mailbox number. A minute later, Silver Woods' security called Pistorius back.

More internet connections followed, and then, at 3.55am, Pistorius called his friend Justin Divaris.

At 4.01am he called his older brother Carl.

Pistorius has been charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp and contraventions of the Firearms Control Act. He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On September 30, 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

PISTORIUS PHONE HISTORY REVEALED - Sapa

A phone belonging to murder-accused Oscar Pistorius was used for an internet connection at 1.48am on February 14 on the morning he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.

The connection lasted for 309 seconds -- five minutes and 15 seconds, according to testimony by police cellphone analyst Captain Francois Moller.

Pistorius said at his bail application that he and Steenkamp went to bed around 10am on February 13 and he was woken up on February 14 by what he thought was an intruder in his house. He shot through a toilet door and only afterwards realised Steenkamp was in there.

Neighbours have testified to hearing screams and what sounded like gunshots from the home around 3am on Valentine's Day.

The court is hearing evidence from Moller on what his analysis of Pistorius and Steenkamp's phones yielded.

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to Steenkamp's murder as well as to charges under the Firearms Act for alleged negligent discharge of a firearm at a restaurant and firing a shot out of the sunroof of a car in Modderfontein.

On Monday the court heard text message exchanges between the couple in which Steenkamp complained about his behaviour towards her at two public functions.

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscarPistorious Baba called OP after OP's call to him according to Moller's chart

Tweet: TMG Oscar ‏@OscarsTrial #OscarPistorious OP calls made after the shooting to Stander Silverwoods Estate manager, ambulance, Baba, voicemail

CELLPHONE 'EXTRACTION' DISCUSSED - Sapa

Day 15 of Oscar Pistorius's murder trial began with a technical explanation of how a police cellphone analyst downloaded data from the paralympic athlete's cellphone.

Captain Francois Moller explained in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday how he "extracted" data from Pistorius's iPhone5.

He also used detailed billing records from Vodacom to get details of all voice and text communication and internet activity.

The movement of the cellphone could be established by the cellphone tower the device communicated with.

Moller explained, to questions from prosecutor Gerrie Nel, that he compiled charts to summarise the data and make it visual.

Pistorius has been charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp and contraventions of the Firearms Control Act. He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On September 30, 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

COURT TO HEAR STEENKAMP'S MESSAGES - Sapa

Reeva Steenkamp's cellphone messages in the days leading up to her killing are expected to be disclosed in paralympian Oscar Pistorius's murder trial in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Pistorius was sitting quietly in the dock shortly before 9am as members of the prosecution and defence arrived.

Police captain Francois Moller was putting his files in the witness box.

Moller, who downloaded data from Steenkamp's and Pistorius's iPhones, began testifying on Monday and was expected to continue being questioned by prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Steenkamp's phone was found in Pistorius's bathroom after he shot and killed her through the locked door of his toilet on February 14 last year, apparently thinking she was an intruder. They had been dating for three months.

The WhatsApp messages downloaded from Steenkamp's phone, dated late January and early February 2013, revealed Pistorius was at times possessive and threw tantrums.

"I'm scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and of how you will react to me," she wrote to him on January 27.

"You have picked on me excessively... I do everything to make you happy and you do everything to throw tantrums..."

He criticised her for her chewing gum, the accents she put on, and when she touched his neck. On February 8 she wrote: "I can't be attacked by outsiders for dating you, and attacked by you."

On January 19, 2013, Pistorius wrote to Steenkamp: "I know it was... when you got back from Tropica, you made it sound like you only smoked weed once."

Steenkamp had been away filming a reality TV series called "Tropica Island of Treasure".

Former soccer player Marc Batchelor was at the court in Tuesday. He was pacing outside the courtroom and taking calls on his cellphone.

Pistorius previously allegedly threatened to break Batchelor's legs, and Batchelor made threats in return. This was after Pistorius found out his girlfriend at the time had been allegedly cheating on him with Batchelor's friend, coal mining millionaire and TV producer Quinton van der Burgh.

Pistorius has been charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp and contraventions of the Firearms Control Act. He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On September 30, 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

PISTORIUS TRIAL CONTINUES - Sapa

Police cellphone analyst Captain Francois Moller is expected to continue giving evidence on Tuesday in the murder trial of paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

On Monday, Moller testified that a few weeks before Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, she sent him a message saying she was scared of his temper.

Moller read out transcripts of angry exchanges between the couple on WhatsApp, downloaded from her mobile phone.

In more than one the model complained that Pistorius was short-tempered and overly critical of her.

Moller read out a lengthy text message Steenkamp had sent to Pistorius on January 27, expressing unhappiness with his behaviour at an engagement party for one of her friends.

In his response, the athlete apologised but complained that she had ignored him and spoken to another man.

As the private messages were read out in court, Pistorius cried softly in the dock.

Moller said on February 8, Steenkamp again complained about tension between the couple that arose when they attended a public function.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp in the early hours of February 14, last year.

The sprinter, nicknamed "Blade Runner", has denied intending to kill Steenkamp, contending that when he fired four shots into a locked bathroom door, he believed there was an intruder in the toilet cubicle.

The star athlete has pleaded not guilty to charges of the premeditated murder of Steenkamp; as well as contraventions of the Firearms Control Act.

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