How the Van Breda family murders unfolded – timeline

2016-06-13 17:00
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WATCH: Henri van Breda arrives at Stellenbosch police station

2016-06-13 16:48

Video footage shows Henri van Breda (21) arriving at a Stellenbosch police station; reportedly in connection with the attack on his family.WATCH

Cape Town – Henri van Breda, 21, on Monday reported to the police in Stellenbosch with his attorney in connection with the axe attack on his family.

Martin and Teresa van Breda and their son Rudi were all killed in an axe attack at their upmarket home on the De Zalze estate in Stellenbosch. Their daughter Marli survived a severe head injury while Henri escaped with only scratches.

It was later revealed that Marli suffered from retrograde amnesia due to the trauma of the attack. The teen is also back at school.

Police are yet to comment on Van Breda’s visit to authorities. Attempts to contact his lawyer also went unanswered.

This is how the Van Breda murder case unfolded:

- Jan 27: News breaks of a murder on the De Zalze golf estate in Stellenbosch, Western Cape. Three family members are confirmed dead. Son Henri is reportedly taken in for questioning as a witness.

- Feb 8: Evidence emerges indicating youngest son Henri may be a suspect in the murders. Reports say Henri only called paramedics four hours after the attack, and his own wounds may have been self-inflicted.

- Feb 15: The Sunday Times reports that Henri has been linked to tik drug dealers.

- Mar 9: The murder docket is received by the NPA regarding the case.

- Mar 10: Marli is released from hospital after nearly six weeks. She is diagnosed with retrograde amnesia and cannot remember the incident.

- April 26: Police are closely monitoring Henri as a potential suspect, media continues to report. Family, though, dispute his involvement, and say he will receive professional help for the trauma he has suffered.

- June 9: Marli returns to school and is doing "extremely well", advocate Louise Buikman says.

- June 15: Marli and Henri see each other again for the first time since the attack. Marli is described as being "happy" to see her brother.

- June 30: The Western Cape High Court orders Marli be placed in the care of an uncle and aunt. The court also orders that Marli's privacy as a minor be respected.

- Aug 22: The sister of mother, Teresa, says that youngest son and "lovely child" Henri would never have attacked his own family.

- June 13: Henri van Breda, 21, reports to the police in Stellenbosch with his attorney in connection with the attack on his family.

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