Fur­ther wor­ries for Van Breda

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE BEHR

SOON af­ter ap­pear­ing in court this week on a drug pos­ses­sion charge, fam­ily axe mur­der ac­cused Henri van Breda and girl­friend Daniellá Janse van Rens­burg had an­other brush with the law.

This time the cou­ple’s en­counter was with the Cape Town Traf­fic De­part­ment, which has slapped them with a fine for driv­ing a ve­hi­cle with­out a valid li­cence disc.

The con­tra­ven­tion was picked up dur­ing a rou­tine pa­trol by a traf­fic of­fi­cer. The dis­cov­ery of the pink ticket flap­ping in Wed­nes­day’s hot breeze elicited an im­promptu le­gal con­fer­ence in the street with Van Breda’s lawyer, Lorinda van Niek­erk, and his girl­friend’s coun­sel, ad­vo­cate Daniël Frans Claassens.

While Van Breda, Van Rens­burg and Claassens in­spected the li­cence disc to con­firm it had ex­pired, Van Niek­erk was seen scru­ti­n­is­ing the ticket.

A short while later Van Breda du­ti­fully paid his park­ing fee to a mar­shal, who con- firmed after­wards that the fine was for an ex­pired li­cence disc.

Although the car be­longs to Van Rens­burg, her beau got be­hind the wheel of the ve­hi­cle and cruised off in the di­rec­tion of the High Court, where he will ap­pear next month on charges of ax­ing his mother, fa­ther and brother to death, and at­tempt­ing to mur­der his younger sis­ter, Marli.

Van Breda is on bail of R100 000 for the Jan­uary 2015 fam­ily slay­ing. The Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity con­firmed this week that the drug charge against the 21-year-old Van Breda has not bro­ken any of his bail con­di­tions.

Van Breda and Van Rens­burg were ar­rested in Ta­ble View in Septem­ber af­ter po­lice found a bag of dagga and a dagga crusher in their car.

Van Breda was granted bail of R1 000 and Janse van Rens­burg bail of R200 at their first ap­pear­ance, where she was re­ported as ad­mit­ting that the dagga found was hers.

At Wed­nes­day’s ap­pear­ance in the Cape Town Mag­is­trate’s Court, the case was post­poned un­til April 2016 pend­ing an as­sess­ment re­port on Van Rens­burg be­ing com­piled by the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Crime Pre­ven­tion and the Rein­te­gra­tion of Of­fend­ers.

The as­sess­ment is stan­dard pro­ce­dure for first-time of­fend­ers ap­pear­ing on mi­nor charges.

Van Niek­erk con­firmed the fine “but didn’t have the slight­est idea what fur­ther steps were taken with re­gards to (re­solv­ing) the mat­ter”.

Asked if Van Breda’s brushes with the law com­pli­cated his le­gal predica­ment, she said: “No, the ve­hi­cle does not be­long to Henri so the ex­pired li­cence does not com­pli­cate his mat­ter at all.

“The charge with re­gards to the drugs is un­for­tu­nate but Daniella has al­ready ad­mit­ted the dagga be­longs to her. So our fo­cus is on the High Court mat­ter.”

Re­gard­ing Van Breda driv­ing his girl­friend’s un­li­censed ve­hi­cle, Van Niek­erk said: “I haven’t seen any one of them driv­ing the ve­hi­cle so I can’t say.”

PIC­TURE: MIKE BEHR

Henri van Breda was is­sued with a traf­fic fine in Cape Town af­ter a court ap­pear­ance.

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