Henri van Breda axe murder trial set to start in March

By News24 Wire
03 February 2017

He stands accused of the brutal murder of his parents and older brother at their home on the luxury De Zalze golf estate in Stellenbosch in the early hours of Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Murder accused Henri van Breda is to go on trial late in March, it emerged in the Western Cape High Court on Friday morning.

During court proceedings it was heard that all pre-trial steps had been completed and the case was postponed to March 27 for the commencement of his trial.

The presiding judge would be asked that an expert assessor assist with DNA evidence.

The matter was previously postponed to allow the State to provide all the particulars of their case to the defence by November 30 for their own expert analysis.

Van Breda (21) faces three counts of murder, one of attempted murder, and one of obstructing the course of justice.

PHOTO: Misha Jordaan PHOTO: Misha Jordaan

He handed himself to police in June and was granted bail of R100 000 on June 14.

His parents, Martin (54) and Teresa,(55), and his brother Rudi (22) were killed with an axe in their home on the luxury De Zalze golf estate in Stellenbosch in the early hours of Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

His sister Marli (17) survived the attack, but sustained serious brain injuries. She is on the list of State witnesses expected to testify against him.

She suffered from retrograde amnesia and it was still unclear if she would be able to remember anything about what happened that morning.

After Marli's recovery, she saw her brother briefly. However, the two were separated again. One of Henri's bail conditions was that he could not contact anyone on the list of witnesses until the end of his trial.

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