As Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing nears, reports in the media are saying that his slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's iPad could be key to the murder investigation.
Steenkamp was fatally shot four times early on Thursday morning and the 'Blade Runner' Pistorius has been charged for one count of murder.
A report in South Africa's Times said that the iPad was part of the evidence collected from Pistorius' house, where the shooting took place.
It is rumoured that some messages on the iPad are believed to have been sent by Springbok and Blue Bulls rugby player Francois Hougaard — who was a close friend of Steenkamp. A report in Die Burger says that there could be an SMS Steenkamp received that caused the fight between her and Pistorius.
The Sun has a report which says that the iPad was found on the bedroom floor in the house.
Hougaard has vehemently denied having anything to do with the case: "Our client will not comment on any rumours or answer any questions regarding Reeva Steenkamp or Oscar Pistorius at this stage as this is still an ongoing investigation ... this sad ordeal has nothing to do with him," his agent Lorinda Voges said.
It is believed that Steenkamp and Hougaard dated at one point. Hougaard was regularly in touch with her via Twitter before her death and retweeted a picture of the two of them together after she died.
The rumour got stronger after Nelson Mandela's personal assistant Zelda la Grange tweeted: "Have you heard rumours about a rugby player alleged to be involved somehow? We all have."
Updated Date: Feb 19, 2013 11:22:57 IST