Book about Van Breda case shut

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pro­gressed, most re­cently at the close of the State’s case when ad­vo­cate Su­san Gal­loway in­di­cated that the teen- ager would not be tes­ti­fy­ing for or against her brother, who is ac­cused of mur­der­ing her mother, fa­ther and brother and at­tempt­ing to mur­der her in their Stel­len­bosch home in Jan­uary 2015.

“Her rea­son is be­cause she has no rec­ol­lec­tion of the events,” clar­i­fied Buik­man.

Six­teen at the time of the at­tack, Marli stunned paramedics and her doc­tors with a mirac­u­lous re­cov­ery from se­vere head wounds. Al­though she is fully func­tion­ing enough now to write her ma­tric ex­ams, she still has ret­ro­grade am­ne­sia, which has left her with no mem­ory of the mur­ders.

Buik­man says she was alerted to the “fla­grant con­tra­ven­tion” when she was sent ex­cerpts of the book by one of Marli’s rel­a­tives last week Fri­day. She sub­se­quently re­ceived a hard copy of the book.

She con­firmed that Marli’s fa­ther Martin’s twin broth­ers from Pre­to­ria, An­dré and Bai­ley van Breda, have also voiced their ob­jec­tion to the book. A well-placed source says they are seek­ing le­gal ad­vice about al­legedly slan­der­ous state­ments in its nar­ra­tive.

Henri shed his first tears of the trial dur­ing the open­ing week in May when An­dré pro­vided glow­ing tes­ti­mony for Henri and his slain fam­ily.

Since then, nei­ther An­dré van Breda nor the rest of his ex­tended fam­ily, who watched his tes­ti­mony from the gallery, have re­turned to the Western Cape High Court.

Nel has at­tended some days, but Henri’s sole re­main­ing sup­porter on most days of the 56day trial has been his ma­ter­nal un­cle, An­dré du Toit. Sit­ting alone in his fa­mil­iar spot in the far front cor­ner of the gallery, he was Henri’s only sup­port this week dur­ing gru­elling cross-ex­am­i­na­tion by the State. He strikes a lone fig­ure who pub­li­cally doesn’t in­ter­act with Van Breda fam­ily mem­bers.

Ac­cord­ing to Die De Zalze Mo­orde ex­tracts seen by the Week­end Ar­gus, Ra­bie writes about an in­ter­view with Henri at Mag­ica Roma res­tau­rant in Pinelands in Septem­ber. This was at the time the State was lead­ing ev­i­dence against him.

The book also makes a num­ber of dis­clo­sures that never saw the light of day in court, says its pro­mo­tional blurb, in­clud­ing one that Martin feared for his life.

This con­tra­dicts ev­i­dence be­fore the high court from both Henri and An­dré that nei­ther Martin nor the fam­ily had any en­e­mies.

A screen­grab of the SABC video filmed dur­ing the cros­sex­am­i­na­tion of triple mur­der ac­cused Henri van Breda in the Cape Town High Court. Van Breda was demon­strat­ing how an in­truder used the axe.

Au­thor Jaap Ra­bie.

Marli and her brother Henri now have reg­u­lar con­tact nearly a year af­ter the crime that rocked the coun­try.

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