The “gibberish” is testament to how the software used to retrieve text messages may not be 100 per cent accurate, the defence alleged.
Defence lawyer Thong Chee Kun was referring to some incomplete data in a report on extracted phone records.
Mr Thong made this allegation during the sex-for-match-fixing trial involving businessman Eric Ding Si Yang on Monday.
Ding is on trial for allegedly bribing three Lebanese match officials with prostitutes hours before they were due to officiate an Asian Football Confederation match.
Mr Thong zoomed in on the incomplete data in the annex of the report prepared by anti-graft officer Chng Tze Wei, casting doubt on the reliability and accuracy of software SQLite.
This software was used by Mr Chng, a forensic examiner with the computer forensics branch, to extract records from an iPhone seized from Ding, 31.
In the report, two types of records were listed – table records and deleted records. Table records refer to existing messages in the phone, while deleted records refer to those that have been manually deleted by users.
The incomplete data were part of the deleted records, Mr Chng said during cross-examination, and “could be overwritten by other entries”.