Pistorius trial: Cellphones to be examined

The state is expected to call Hawks cellphone analyst, Captain Francois Moller.

The last web page viewed on Oscar Pistorius's iPad before he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp is shown in the High Court in Pretoria, 19 March 2014.

PRETORIA - The contents of Oscar Pistorius's phones, including the device taken to the United States (US), are expected to be revealed in court this week.

The prosecution team told the court last week that it intended calling four witnesses this week before closing its case.

The athlete shot and killed is girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year.

Picture: Carte Blanche.

While he claims it was a case of mistaken identity, the state believes he killed her in cold blood.

High on the list of expert witnesses the state is expected to call is Hawks cellphone analyst, Captain Francois Moller.

Moller is believed to have carefully studied all the messages retrieved from the three phones found at the scene.

He was also one of the officers who went to the US to ask Apple to help retrieve data from one of Pistorius's iPhones.

The state may also call former investigating officer Hilton Botha or current investigator Mike van Aardt.

Among the lay witnesses expected who could help the state is Clarice Stander, daughter of the manager at the Silver Woods Country Estate where the shooting took place.

She was among the first people to arrive on the scene and collected towels from an upstairs cupboard to help stop Steenkamp's bleeding.

Picture: AFP.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel says he's unlikely to call more than five witnesses this week.

TRIAL EXTENDED TO 16 MAY

Pistorius's trial has been extended to 16 May because the court will be in recess for the Easter holidays.

It was initially set down for three weeks this month.

Spokesperson for the judiciary Lulama Luti said, "The dates have been agreed to by the parties, the judge and the judge president and the defence and prosecution may finish leading their cross-examinations earlier. But the dates will stand as is so we're set to continue until 16 May."

Meanwhile, the athlete plans to sell his upmarket Silver Woods Country Estate home to fund his legal fees, his lawyer said in a statement on Thursday.

Picture: Carte Blanche.

The murder trial, which will enter its fourth week today, reportedly costs the 'Blade Runner' as much as R100,000 a day.

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