Phone records reveal Paralympian was speaking to Jenna Edkins when he arrived home
Johannesburg: A new book entitled Behind the Door on the Oscar Pistorius trial authored by Eyewitness News (South Africa) senior reporters Barry Bateman and Mandy Wiener reveals that the Blade Runner spoke to an ex-lover a few minutes before arriving home where he shot Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day eve.
South African paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius with his then girlfriend Jenna Edkins on December 2, 2008. Pistorius later fell in love with Reeva Steenkamp, who he shot on February 13, 2013. Pics/Getty Images
According to Eyewitness News, Pistorius had a nine-minute long conversation with Jenna Edkins. Pistorius, convicted of culpable homicide for shooting Steenkamp, will be sentenced on October 13. "Cellphone service provider data obtained by police investigators shows that Pistorius was on the phone when he arrived at his complex on 13 February at about 6pm.
EWN cross-checked the dialled number on the athlete's handset against the phone's contact list. The number had been saved under the name 'Babyshoes'. Further investigations revealed that the number was used by Edkins but had been registered in her father's name," the report said.
Edkins was not questioned. Neither did she give a statement. She also refused to answer specific questions from the channel, but said that here friendship with Pistorius was a known fact. Edkins and Pistorius dated on and off for five years from 2008.
Eyewitness News added: "Officially, their relationship ended in 2011 but in an email sent in 2012 to another ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor, Pistorius admitted his ongoing feelings for Edkins.
Taylor insists Edkins was a persistent problem during her relationship with the Paralympic and Olympic athlete and was one of the causes of their breakup. In the days after Steenkamp's shooting, Edkins was quick to defend Pistorius in several tweets saying he had never lifted a finger towards her nor had he ever made her fear for her life."
Police suspected the brother of Oscar Pistorius of wiping data from the Olympian's phone in the days after he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a South African radio station claimed on Thursday.
Investigators believed Carl Pistorius synchronised his computer with his brother's iPhone, wiping out the entire call history and all WhatsApp messages, according to an investigation by Eyewitness News (EWN).
Police "considered charging him with defeating the ends of justice but ultimately declined to proceed with a case against him," EWN said.