Police 'reluctant' to let Van Breda son fly to memorial service

2015-02-05 09:17
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Newspapers give updates on Marli van Breda's condition

2015-02-03 09:17

Marli van Breda, who was seriously injured in an axe attack on her family last week, is under constant police guard, it was reported on Tuesday. Some of today's newspapers gave an update of her condition. Watch.WATCH

Cape Town - Western Cape police are reportedly "reluctant" to let Henri van Breda fly to Pretoria to attend the memorial service for his murdered parents and brother.

According to Netwerk24, a family friend said he was unsure if Henri would be at the private service in Moreleta Park on Thursday because police were hesitant about him going.

A police spokesperson declined to comment on this, and family spokesperson Ben Rootman could not confirm Henri's attendance.

Henri, 20, and his sister Marli, 16, are the only survivors of an attack in the family's Stellenbosch home last Tuesday. Their parents Martin, 54, and Teresa, 55, and elder brother Rudi, 22, were found dead in the house.

Marli remains in a stable condition in a Somerset West hospital while Henri is in the care of his uncle in Stellenbosch.

Severe shock

The family friend told Netwerk24 he had seen Henri on Sunday. He described him as being very quiet and still in severe shock. There was a sombre atmosphere at the home, he added.

One of Henri's good friends will be arriving from Australia soon to support him.

Hundreds of family members, friends and colleagues are expected to attend the memorial service, which is being held in Pretoria because the family lived there before moving to Australia, and then to Stellenbosch.

Meanwhile, the police investigation continues, with no arrests or any new developments.

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