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Oscar may have called voicemail by mistake

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.


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