Only scratched

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SAPS shoe print ex­pert Cap­tain Danie van der Westhuizen.

This fuelled spec­u­la­tion around court and cham­bers that the de­fence will put Henri on the stand to flesh out the unan­swered ques­tions, in­clud­ing untested al­le­ga­tions in his plea state­ment.

A sub­stan­tial num­ber of these re­late to Henri’s de­scrip­tion of his life and death duel with a cal­lous killer who hacked his fa­ther, Martin, and brother, Rudi, to death be­fore his eyes, left the bed­room to butcher his mother and sis­ter, Marli, on the land­ing, and then re­turned, laugh­ing, to fin­ish him off.

The ac­cused’s ac­count of how he fought the at­tacker and dis­armed him has been ques­tioned by two foren­sic pathol­o­gists.

Dr Mar­i­anne Tiemensma (whose CV com­prises sev­eral cum laudes, in­clud­ing one from Yale) and chief state pathol­o­gist Dr Ja­cob Dem­pers did not flinch on the stand. Noth­ing the de­fence threw at them could con­vince them that Van Breda’s wounds were not su­per­fi­cial and self-in­flicted.

When ad­vo­cate Pi­eter Botha tried to dis­credit Tiemensma, who heads the clin­i­cal foren­sic unit at Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal, by ask­ing if she had ever witnessed a knife fight or been in­volved in one, the doc­tor coun­tered: “No, but I’ve witnessed the af­ter­math of over 500 so I know a knife at­tack when I see one.”

When it came to Dem­pers,

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