AS IT HAPPENED: Van Breda axe murder trial day 22

2017-06-01 09:51

The Van Breda murder trial continued at the Western Cape High Court for day 22 of the proceedings.

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01 Jun 14:45
Adjourns for the day. Return on Monday June, 5.

01 Jun 14:45

The swabs - which resembles an earbud - are sealed, Hitchcock says. He takes a photo of the box in which it is stored after he has taken a swab.


01 Jun 14:43
Sergenat Olifant handled the fingerprints; when Hitchcock was done with his forensic tasks, the fingerprints were done.

01 Jun 14:40

It was a big scene, so that which we could see, we marked it.


01 Jun 14:38

Thereafter, investigators search for evidence and this gets photographed - wide angle and close up.

Orange cones are set up where evidence is found.

He and one Lieutenant Hanekom did this at the scene.


01 Jun 14:35
He does this alone.

01 Jun 14:35
Hitchcock confirms he made a video of the scene at about 1pm. The procedure is he videos the scene before it's marked, then takes photos. Also did a 360 recording. Identify certain points where there is forensic evidence, then photograph again.

01 Jun 14:32
Adv Botha cross-examining.

01 Jun 14:31
The evidence collected at the scene are booked in. Guarded until forensic report has been assembled. Then sent to the laboratory.

01 Jun 14:25
Hitchcock returns to the stand.

01 Jun 12:48

01 Jun 12:47
Break for lunch!

01 Jun 12:39
This was the scene where I collected the most blood samples in comparison to other scenes. We were busy for three weeks at that scene.

01 Jun 12:18

01 Jun 12:03
Hitchock is going through the photo album showing all the blood samples taken.

01 Jun 11:50
If there is suspected blood, there is a kit which we use. I open it personally; use one swab per sample and note where it was collected. I fill in the page on the kit and it is sealed.

01 Jun 11:44

01 Jun 11:39
Engelbrecht stands down, Hitchcock returns.

01 Jun 11:36
Engelbrecht says 10 Allerman is relatively far from 12 Goske Street.

01 Jun 11:29
Why would Henri at that stage plot and show 10 Allerman Street? Engelbrecht says he doesn't know, says if he stood somewhere else, it could happen.

01 Jun 11:29
Botha asks again when the print was made. He says more than a year ago.

01 Jun 11:29
Engelbrecht says when you download details, you get contacts, message, call log, etc. It also gives you locations. When you open it, it shows locations typed in, as well as plotting.

01 Jun 11:28
Botha checks latitude and longitude says the decimal only goes to a certain point. Botha says a few steps could change it.

01 Jun 11:26
Botha asks about the maps. When were they recorded? He cant recall. Said he did it at the time, but didn't print it.

01 Jun 11:25
Engelbrecht back on the stand

01 Jun 11:01

01 Jun 10:56
Court breaks for tea

01 Jun 10:51
The white page goes with the kit to the lab; pink stays in my docket, green goes to the investigating officer.

01 Jun 10:51
Every swabbing evidence kit consists of three pages - a white, a pink and a green page.

01 Jun 10:50
He says they have a swabbing evidence kit, used to collect blood samples which get put into a numbered kit box, which is photographed with the sample and sealed.

01 Jun 10:47
Took touch DNA from cupboards and drawers as per procedure.

01 Jun 10:46
In the study, the cupboard doors and drawers only stood open.

01 Jun 10:45
The De Zalze murder scene was relatively neat, he says. It wasn't similar to a scene of house or business robberies.

01 Jun 10:44
Andre Hitchcock is the next witness. He is stationed at the criminal record centre in Worcester. He is a photographer and crime scene investigator. Draws sketch plans of crime scenes, videos and photographs crime scenes. He also took forensic samples at the scene. He has covered thousands of crime scenes.

01 Jun 10:43
Engelbrecht stands down as Botha wants to explore this.

01 Jun 10:43
Henri says he found 10 Allerman Street. Engelbrecht says he can't see how he could have got this address.

01 Jun 10:42
The longitutde and latitude record - he was trying to place himself on Google Maps? Yes, Engelbrecht says.

01 Jun 10:42
Botha cross examining.

01 Jun 10:40
No calls made to Bianca were answered. There was a message sent to her. "Emergency please pick up the phone". They never communicated again

01 Jun 10:40
Incoming call at 07:39 - could not determine who call was from.

01 Jun 10:40
Google Maps search was to plot where he had been at that stage. 

01 Jun 10:39
Call Bianca 04:24 - to Bianca van der Westhuizen. Internet search was made 04:27. He also called 10177 at 07:12 - wrong number. Then 07:12 from landline to 107.

01 Jun 10:27
Henri's cellphone data was analysed as well as the family's landline. He compiled a report.

01 Jun 10:25
He investigated cellphones and landline records.

01 Jun 10:25
He was asked to assist with the forensic analysis.

01 Jun 10:24
Cornelius Engelbrecht is the next witness. He is with the Hawks.

01 Jun 10:23
Henri's statement has been admitted as evidence. Reasons to be given at the end of the trial.

01 Jun 10:22
The application to bar press is refused, but press should be sensitive in their publication.

01 Jun 10:21
Publication, however, would sensationalise the matter.

01 Jun 10:21
Desai says not persuaded that his right to a fair trial would be compromised. Possible harm is far fetched, he says.

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