Marli 'distressed by developments' as Henri is released on R100 000 bail for the brutal murder of their parents, brother

By admin
14 June 2016

Stellenbosch axe attack survivor Marli van Breda was aware that her brother Henri had been taken into custody for their family’s murders.

"The news is understandably very distressing to Marli," her legal representative and curator, Advocate Louise Buikman, confirmed to News24 on Tuesday. “The family want justice to take its course.” Henri (21) was ordered to report to the Stellenbosch police station on Monday afternoon, and appeared in the Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. He was released on R100 000 bail. The state did not oppose his bail, stating they were satisfied that "his release on bail will not jeopardise case or affect public safety." Henri is not permitted to contact witnesses, and must report to the Parow police station on Fridays and Mondays. The matter will appear before the Western Cape High Court on 9 September.

Read more: Was the Van Breda family broken from within? He faces three counts of murder and one of attempted murder.  

Henri was arrested more than a year after the attack on their family, at their luxury golf estate home in Stellenbosch.

Parents Teresa and Martin, and their other son Rudi, were killed while their daughter Marli was left clinging to life. She eventually recovered.

Buikman did not respond to questions on how Marli’s recovery was going and whether she still suffered from retrograde amnesia.

This is the emergency call Henri van Breda made after the axe attack

She said the family “request the press to handle the situation with sensitivity and respect Marli's privacy in compliance with the High Court Order”.

The Western Cape High Court ruled a year ago that Marli be placed in the care of her aunt and uncle.

High Court Judge Siraj Desai also ordered she not be photographed or interviewed by the media without Buikman’s consent.

Buikman confirmed at the time that Marli was in contact her brother.

News24

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