Murder accused Van Breda to learn his fate
SUSPECTED triple murder accused Henri van Breda will know his fate on April 23.
Western Cape High Court judge Seraj Desai will deliver judgment following a marathon trial in a case that drew much interest here and abroad.
Van Breda pleaded not guilty to the gruesome murders of his father, Martin, mother Teresa and brother Rudi in January 2015, in their luxurious home at the De Zalze Estate in Stellenbosch. His sister, Marli, survived the horrific attack but was left with serious injuries.
During his evidence in chief, Van Breda told the court that his family was attacked by a balaclava-clad man wielding an axe. The state advocate, Susan Galloway, submitted during final arguments that Van Breda was the culprit who battered his family members killing three of them including his parents.
His lawyer, advocate Piet Botha, yesterday said the complete absence of Marli’s DNA on the head of the axe that was used in the killing, did not exclude the possibility of unknown assailants being responsible for the murders. In fact, it opened the door for the possibility of the presence of assailants.
Elaborating on this point, he argued the probability of unknown assailants and that the accused only saw one but heard the voice of another.
He also said the hair analyst, Col Henry Stewart, was an extremely poor witness. Another issue raised was the identifiable fingerprints lifted at the scene that could not be linked to any family members. DNA evidence did not exclude the possibility of intruders.