Daughter of Stellenbosch murder victims had 'axe wound to the head'

By admin
28 January 2015

Marli van Breda (16) is still being treated for an axe wound to the head.

Marli van Breda (16) is reportedly in a critical but stable condition at Vergelegen Mediclinic.

'The jugular was severed'

The daughter of Martin and Teresa van Breda, who were killed along with their son Rudi at their home in De Zalze Golf Estate, Stellenbosch, was one of two family members to survive the attack.

According Netwerk24, the bodies of the businessman (55) and his wife, Teresa (54) , and their eldest son Rudi (22) were found at about 7 am on Tuesday morning. They are believed to have been hacked to death with an axe.

The younger son, Henri (20), also survived the attack.

Police say no arrests have been made.

"The identities of the family have not yet been confirmed at this stage. Police investigations are continuing..." said Col Tembinkosi Kinana.

He said no one had been taken in for questioning.

He refused to disclose how the family was killed, or a possible motive.

The Cape Argus on Wednesday identified the family as the Van Bredas.

Emergency Medical Services spokesman Robert Daniels said he could only comment on the wounds of the patient they treated and not those who were killed.

"The patient [Marli] had an axe wound to the head. The jugular was severed," he said.

The headmistress of Somerset College, Meg Fargher, where Marli is a grade 11 pupil, said she is "a lovely, popular, clever girl", News24 reports.

Additional sources: News24, Netwerk24

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