Van Breda trial to re­sume to­day af­ter judge’s de­ci­sion

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THE Western Cape High Court yes­ter­day ad­journed court pro­ceed­ings in the trial of triple-mur­der ac­cused Henri van Breda, 22, un­til to­day to give the judge time to con­sider an “unusual re­quest” from the de­fence that the ac­cused’s tes­ti­mony not be streamed live.

Van Breda ap­peared ner­vous, drum­ming his fin­gers con­tin­u­ously, as court pro­ceed­ings be­gan. De­fence lawyer Piet Botha said he would be call­ing no fur­ther wit­nesses, but that his client “wished to tes­tify”.

“My client suf­fers from a speech im­ped­i­ment, his stut­ter gets worse un­der pres­sure… We are con­cerned about the live broad­cast as it will be a stress­ful pe­riod for him in the wit­ness box,” he said.

Judge De­sai said most of the trial had been streamed live and this had not im­pacted on pro­ceed­ings. – ANA

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