Oscar’s iPad history shown in court

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Copy of MSH11_SAFRICA-PISTORIUS-_0319_11 REUTERS Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during court proceedings at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria March 19, 2014. REUTERS/Leon Sadiki/Pool

Pretoria - The third and final witness called to the stand in the Oscar Pistorius trial was Colonel Mike Sales, a cellular phone expert who examined Pistorius's iPad.

He used software called XRY to download the general information, web history and bookmarks from the device.

Sales said the history showed which websites Pistorius had visited. The colonel looked at sites from 6.29pm on 13 February 2013, the day before the murder.

Sales said there was no history before that day, and that it had been most likely deleted.

The last web access was at just before 9.20pm that night.

The last page Pistorius had opened was a Google image search of a Morgan Aeromax car. This was visible to journalists in the court, but not stated by Sales.

Sale said this device - an iPad 3 - was handed over to the defence, along the documentation of what he had downloaded.

A second iPad - the second model - was also given to investigators, and its contents were downloaded.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked if there were commonalities between the two devices, such as similar websites visited. Sales said that there were. Barry Roux for the defence asked for a short adjournment, and during the break the web history was visible to journalists, who saw that at least one porn site had been accessed on the the Ipad.

Nel did not refer to them in his examination of the witness.

During the adjournment, Pistorius's legal team gathered around the seemingly upset-looking athlete for some time before court resumed.

Defence advocate Barry Roux asked if police had confirmed who had used the iPad at the time. Sale answered it was not confirmed or the number of people who had access to it.

Nel then said that the state was moving towards wrapping up its evidence, and that time was needed to look at new aspects of the case raised by the defence's version.

He asked for the case be postponed to Monday, so he could re-consult with witnesses before the long weekend. Nel also placed on record that the state would call about five more witnesses to close their side of the case early next week.

Roux said he hoped as much court time would be used as possible, but agreed to the application after hearing the state would conclude soon.

Judge Thokozile Masipa allowed the postponement.

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