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  • 27 February 2014, 22:52

Police Fly To US To Crack Pistorius' iPhone

South African investigators have flown to America to ask for help from Apple to retrieve information from the iPhone of paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

The three investigators want to access any messages which may have been deleted from the athlete's iPhone device.

The double-amputee runner goes on trial on Monday accused of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The model was shot and killed in a toilet cubicle in the athlete's home in Pretoria a year ago.

The runner has already admitted he fired the gun but says he mistook his girlfriend for a burglar.

For more than a year the state has been battling to get the information on the phone.

Newspapers in South Africa have reported that the information being sought relates specifically to SMS and Whatsapp messages sent from and received on Pistorius' phone.

Other information that investigators are trying to recover includes the times of calls and messages as well as deleted data.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp through a locked toilet door in his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year.

He claims it was a case of mistaken identity as he had believed Steenkamp was an intruder. The state says he planned her death.

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