By Staff Reporter
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s brother, Carl, allegedly tampered with the athlete’s cellphone in the days after Pistorius’s girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot and killed, reported Eyewitness News on Thursday.
According to the report, the information was revealed in a new book entitled ‘Behind the Door’, co-authored by EWN reporters Barry Bateman and Mandy Wiener.
An investigation into Pistorius’s personal cellphone revealed his entire call history, Whatsapp messages, and several text messages had been deleted after the shooting occurred. It is understood the phone in question was only handed to police 12 days after the incident took place.
Investigators compared the service provider data of both Pistorius and his brother during that period of time. They found it was likely Carl removed the cellphone from the crime scene.
It was established the cellphone had been synced with a computer identified as ‘Titanium Hulk’.
According to EWN, Carl often uses this name to refer to himself on social media. His email address also contains the word ‘Hulk’.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) reportedly considered charging Carl with defeating the ends of justice, but it did not proceed with the case against him.
The NPA had declined to comment on the allegations.
The Pistorius family and legal team released a statement on Wednesday night, which appeared to be an attempt to pre-empt the EWN news report.
“We are not sure of the allegations which are to be made or the source of such allegations, but we are not aware of any deletions having been affected by Oscar or effected on his instructions that could be relevant to this trial or could have impacted on this trial,”read the statement.
Pistorius is currently out on bail pending the outcome of his sentencing on 13 October. Last month Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled the athlete was guilty of culpable homicide for the death of Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.