AS IT HAPPENED: Van Breda axe murder trial day 20

2017-05-30 09:53

The Van Breda murder trial continued at the Western Cape High Court for day 20 of the proceedings. View updates as they happened here, as the final witness in the trial-within-a-trial, Henri van Breda's uncle Andre du Toit, was called to the stand.

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30 May 11:13

Du Toit excused.

Judge Desai allows matter to stand down until tomorrow morning.


30 May 11:13

Dr Van Zyl described him as calm, not emotional as du Toit recalls.

When he returned the second time he was more reserved. Du Toit agrees that it's different to his behaviour when he saw him.


30 May 11:10

Du Toit doesn't know if Henri drank a beer that night.


30 May 11:08

Galloway asking if he was present during the testimony of the two doctors. He says he was.

He doesn't agree that Henri didn't need stitches.


30 May 11:06

Galloway says Alex, VD Westhuizens and the Reade-Jahns knew where Henri was.

Only du Toits didn't know.

He says he introduced himself as family to police.


30 May 11:05

Alex is a friend of Henri's.

James, Alex, James' dad arrived with Henri.


30 May 11:05

Bianca's mom apparently took it to him, Galloway says.

Du Toit says he can't argue.


30 May 11:04

Reade-Jahn's family good friends of the Van Bredas, as were the Van der Westhuizens.

Someone must have given him clothes, Galloway says. Du Toit agrees.


30 May 11:02

He says he was certain he had gone to the police station. He hadn't been aware that Henri was at the detective offices.

What reason was given that you may not see him? Du Toit says he can't recall. They weren't told why they could not see him.


30 May 11:02

Nobody spoke to him, but knew he was family of the deceased.

He had deduced that she was at Stellenbosch Mediclinic.

Du Toit says he accepted that he could not see her at the hospital.


30 May 11:00

He left Bothasig at 9, arrived at 10.

He was there until about 1pm. It was hot, got cooldrink.


30 May 10:59

Galloway asking why Du Toit introduced herself. Du Toit says she was the communications officer.


30 May 10:57

Du Toit says Benecke's words could have meant anything.

Galloway says could have meant if the family had issues with people outside. Du Toit says it could be.


30 May 10:56
Galloway cross-examining.

30 May 10:56

Henri was very emotional. We had relatively few words.


30 May 10:55

He stayed behind so that he could be close to Marli and go see her in hospital the next day. He requested it.

Du Toit says Sonja looked at his wound and said the cut looked deep; encouraged him to get stitches. 


30 May 10:55

Bianca van der Westhuizen (Henri's then-girlfriend) also later arrived. It was very emotional and they cried a lot, Andre says.

They returned home with Sasha, the family dog. Wanted to take Sahsa home with them.


30 May 10:53

It was emotional. We didnt' talk a lot. We know when he speaks fast, he stutters. He speaks slowly. We hugged and cried. He says Henri also cried.


30 May 10:52

Henri was wearing a t-shirt, board shorts and flip flops.

He doesn't know where he got the t-shirt.


30 May 10:52

They were there for a while when Henri arrived with James.

Alex was also there. Ron Reade-Jahn arrived with them.


30 May 10:51

When they left police station, they contacted Christelle Reade-Jahn (James' mother). The Du Toit's then went to their home in Somerset West.

They didn't deliver any food or clothes to Henri, Du Toit says.


30 May 10:49

They had no other family in Cape Town.

They're eight children, two sets of twins, he says with a laugh.


30 May 10:48

Asked Major Mathee if they could see Henri. They were not allowed to see him and they left the polie station.

He had introduced himself as family of Teresa and Martin.


30 May 10:48

They wanted to see Henri.

They weren't allowed to see him.


30 May 10:47

They were going to transport her by ambulance to Vergelegen because there were better doctors for her there and they didn't want us to see her in that condition.

Then went to police station in Stellenbosch.


30 May 10:46

Sonja later joined him.

When I heard they had died, I informed my family and Martin's twin brothers.

From there, we went to Stellensbosch Mediclinic to try and meet Marli.


30 May 10:46

He can't recall anything being said about Henri and Marli.

Later heard Henri was taken to police station, Marli to hospital.


30 May 10:45

I realised that Teresa, Martin and Rudi had died.

I didn't get anything further.


30 May 10:44

Major Renee Mathee introduced herself and gave me her contact number.

During conversation, I realised that... Du Toit starts to cry.


30 May 10:44

I replied that I don't know of any problems.

He turned around and returned to his duties.


30 May 10:43

He introduced himself; I had never met him before.

His first words were "Hoe was die familie?"

I didn't know what he meant by that.


30 May 10:42

Cordoned off with yellow police tape.

Went closer, introduced myself as family, Col Benecke approached me.


30 May 10:42

On my way there, I phoned my brother, can't remember if I called anyone else.

When I got there, I saw a number of police vehicles, realised there were problems.


30 May 10:41

He phoned his wife, Sonja, to relieve him at work so that he could go there.

He phoned Boet, but he didn't tell me any more.


30 May 10:41

He told him to go to De Zalze as soon as possible. He didn't say why.

He had been at work at the time.


30 May 10:40

He knew the family very well, he says.

The morning of the murders, he got a call form estate manager Boet Grobler. His number was given to the estate in case of emergency.


30 May 10:40

Andre du Toit takes to the witness stand.

He is Teresa van Breda's brother.


30 May 10:39

Adv Botha tells Judge Desai Dr Albertse says two police officers arrived at her rooms that day and he was dressed in boxer shorts. One of the officers informed her of the murders and said that Henri was a victim. She examined him and at least one police officer remained present. She was unsure whether both were present during the course of the examination.

Galloway confirms.


30 May 10:15

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Bad English in Van Breda's statement scrutinised

Henri van Breda did not ask for legal representation before signing the statement of his version of how his parents and brother were murdered, the officer who took it down told the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

Sergeant Clinton Malan denied Van Breda's claim that he responded to this request for legal representation with: 'Why? Are you guilty?"

Pieter Botha, for Van Breda, was questioning Malan about the accuracy of the statement, which had not yet been admitted into evidence.

He said it was littered with grammatical and language errors, including the incorrect use of "was" and "were". This was definitely not the type of English his client would use, Botha said.

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