Van Breda trial to resume today after judge’s decision
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