Van Breda trial post­poned

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WEST­ERN Cape High Court Judge Si­raj De­sai yes­ter­day post­poned the trial against triple mur­der ac­cused Henri van Breda to Au­gust 7 af­ter the court re­cess.

Se­nior State pros­e­cu­tor Ad­vo­cate Su­san Gal­loway told the court the State would wrap up its case by Au­gust 28.

Ear­lier, po­lice bal­lis­tics ex­pert Cap­tain Candice Brown tes­ti­fied that a stretcher car­ry­ing the body of Henri’s fa­ther could have caused dam­age to the 17th step on the land­ing of the Van Breda home.

Brown was be­ing cros­sex­am­ined on day 26 of the trial against 22-year-old Henri van Breda, who has been charged with the axe mur­ders of his par­ents, Martin and Teresa, his brother Rudi, and the at­tempted mur­der of his sis­ter, Marli.

Brown, who is at­tached to the po­lice’s foren­sic unit, said on Mon­day that an axe be­ing thrown down the stairs might pos­si­bly have caused the dam­age to the step, but that this was “highly un­likely”.

In Van Breda’s plea ex­pla­na­tion, he claims he dis­armed an axe-wield­ing as­sailant, and threw the axe at him as he fled. – ANA

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