Griekwastad – cell phones could be key in trial


Marine Jacobs

Kimberley. – Information gathered from cell phones that were seen by police in the investigation of the Griekwastad triple murder trial, is expected to be key evidence in the trial that is currently being heard in the Northern Cape High Court.

A 16-year old boy stands accused of the murders of Deon, Christel and Marthella Steenkamp who were shot dead on their farm Naauwhoek outside Griekwastad in April last year.

The lead investigator in the case, Dirk de Waal, was once again in the witness stand today testifying on the details of the investigation in the weeks after the murders.

De Waal testified that seven cell phones were handed over to Francois Moller, a captain with the Hawks, for further investigation. Six of the cell phones were found in the Steenkamps’ house and one was the cellphone which belongs to the accused.

De Waal said information regarding calls and text messages made on the cell phone was requested from the service provider and also provided to Moller.

De Waal testified yesterday that the boy was continuously busy sending messages from his cell phone while police were taking a formal statement from him. There are other witnesses that have mentioned the boy being with his phone on the night of and the day after the murders.

It has not been revealed what information was retrieved from the cell phones.