Axe sharpened before Stellenbosch murders - report

2015-02-10 10:06
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Cape Town - The net is reportedly closing in on the person believed to be responsible for the gruesome attack on a family in Stellenbosch, according to a report.

Die Son reported on Tuesday that police are searching for the shop where the murder weapon - an axe - was bought. It is believed the axe was then sharpened before the incident.

The bodies of Martin, 54, and Teresa, 55, van Breda and their eldest son Rudi, 22, were discovered in their home at the exclusive De Zalze golf estate in Stellenbosch exactly two weeks ago. They had been hacked to death. Their younger son Henri, 20, had minor injuries and their daughter, Marli, 16, was hospitalised with serious injuries to her head.

Marli is recovering and has reportedly spoken for the first time since the attack. According to Die Son, police are waiting to take a statement from her. Henri was apparently questioned by police after the incident.

A police source told Die Son that an arrest could take place soon, and there is already talk of making a deal with prosecutors whereby the suspect would be admitted to a psychiatric hospital as a state patient.

However, police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut would not comment on this, merely saying that progress is being made in the case.

- For more on these murders, click here.

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