Oscar Pistorius, an Olympian who was at one point an icon in South Africa whose lower legs were amputated when he was less than a year old, claims he mistook his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot her in a locked bathroom in his home. Prosecutors, however, say the couple had had a shouting match and Steenkamp fled to the bathroom, and locked herself in. Pistorius, 26, allegedly got up from bed and had to put on his prosthetic legs to reach the toilet door. The door was broken open after the shots were fired, prosecutors charge.
South African police confiscated 49 cellphones after officers used them to photograph of Oscar Pistorius when he was first arrested following the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
In a written reply to a question in parliament, police minister Nathi Mthethwa said four "official" cellphones and 45 private cellphones were taken from officers and could be used as evidence in possible disciplinary proceedings against them.
Mthethwa did not reveal how many police officers had taken photos of Pistorius, but said they were taken while the athlete was being transported between court and Boschkop police station, where he was initially held.
Without naming Pistorius, Mthethwa's reply said confiscating the phones was necessary "after it came to light that photos were taken of a high profile individual who had been arrested."