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'Pistorius and Steenkamp phones reveal no motive'

Cellphone records of handsets seized at Oscar Pistorius's home have not helped the police much.

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp at the SA Sports Awards on 4 November 2012. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Eyewitness News understands that the cellphone records of handsets seized at murder accused Oscar Pistorius's home have not helped the police establish what exactly happened there two weeks ago. 

The cellphone records showed the last activity on the handsets was at about 8pm on 13 February, the night before the paralympian shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Cellphone data also shows no record of rugby player Francois Hougaard – Steenkamp’s former boyfriend - calling or sending a text message to any of the phones.

It was widely speculated that a text message from him might have sparked an argument between Pistorius and Steenkamp before the shooting, after neighbours claimed to have heard screaming before shots were fired in the athlete's Pretoria home.

Police seized three iPhones, one of them belonging to Steenkamp.

Pistorius only used one of his two phones to call for help after shooting her, it emerged during proceedings for his bail application.

The police have appointed a senior investigator to handle this high-profile case, after former lead detective Hilton Botha was pulled off the case.

It emerged he was himself facing attempted murder charges over a 2011 shooting.

Gauteng detective Mike van Aardt will on Monday begin his investigation and be assisted by several other officers.

Van Aardt will look into cellphone records and secure statements from witnesses, while waiting for the forensic evidence to be finalised.

He will report to Lieutenant General Vinesh Moonoo, who took over from Botha.

Police sources say a month should be enough time to collect the required information and to assess whether all the pieces fit a single narrative.

The Blade Runner is out on R1 million bail and his case returns to court on 4 June. 

Pistorius claims he shot Steenkamp thinking she was an intruder locked in his bathroom.

(Edited by Katleho Mogase)

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