CCTV contradicts security testimony in Van Breda murder case

2017-05-09 13:39
Henri van Breda during an earlier court appearance. (Jaco Marais, Netwerk24)

Henri van Breda during an earlier court appearance. (Jaco Marais, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - CCTV footage of numerous unlogged comings and goings at the upmarket De Zalze estate were played in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday, contrary to earlier testimony that it had been ''quiet'' the night Henri van Breda's parents and brother were murdered.

According to CCTV footage submitted by Van Breda's lawyer advocate Pieter Botha:

  • A restaurant employee left at 00:35, and returned at 04:48;
  • 03:17 - a white car pulled up to the gate;
  • 03:35 - a person who worked at the lodges entered to collect a tour group;
  • 03:37 - a lodge employee entered;
  • 04:19 - a guard took down the registration number of a taxi, but it was not recorded in the logs. If it was staff, they may have had an access card;
  • 04:29 another vehicle entered, without being stopped, and there was no record on the logs.

Van Breda, 22, has pleaded not guilty to charges of axing his parents Martin, 54, and Teresa, 55, and brother Rudi, 22, to death, attempting to murder his younger sister Marli, and defeating the ends of justice.

His parents and brother were found dead and his sister is still recovering.

According to Van Breda, he and his family were the victims of an attack by an intruder in the early hours of January 27, 2015, which started when he was in the bathroom. He and his sister survived, but she sustained serious injury to her head.

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Quiet night

The court was also shown video footage of the police vehicle arriving at the contractors' gate at 07:40.

The guards would not let him enter at the main gate, but he said it took 12 seconds to get through the contractors' gate.

Botha introduced the CCTV footage to illustrate his contention that the security guard was incorrect in saying it had been a quiet night from 23:00 when the restaurant closed, with no other vehicles entering or leaving.

The estate also boasted electric fences, bloodhound patrols, and ID registration for builders and contractors as part of its security measures.

The court has also heard that on June 9, 2015, an attempt at getting in via a cut fence was made but the perpetrators left when guards went to investigate.

The trial continues.

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