It was a clumsy attempt by Najwa Petersen to cover up her cellphone tracks that gave police a vital lead in the murder of her husband Taliep, the Cape high court heard yesterday.
Superintendent Piet Viljoen was testifying in the trial of Najwa and the three men she allegedly hired to kill Taliep in 2006.
He asked Najwa for the two cellphones, telling her he wanted to analyse them, and she said one of them, a Nokia 6230i, was her business phone and she could not be without it.
She came to him a little later and said she wanted a number from the phone, so he gave it to her.
After getting it back Viljoen said he wrote down the list of "numbers dialled" shown on the phone.
Later, when the police obtained detailed billing from the service provider, he saw it contained a number called several times that day "not on the list" he had drawn up.
"I could only conclude that when the accused asked for the phone she had deleted the number," he said. - Sapa