Shocking evidence emerges in axe-attack case

Cape Town - Evidence has emerged that Henri van Breda, the 20-year-old survivor of the gruesome Stellenbosch axe attack, only called emergency services four hours after the attack took place and that his injuries were self-inflicted, reports the Sunday Times.

According to the newspaper, Henri reported the attack at 07:30 on the morning of 27 January but that the attack had taken place at 03:30. Henri and his 16-year-old sister, Marli, were the only ones to survive. She is still in hospital in Stellenbosch under police guard

The newspaper also states that sources close to the investigation revealed that a doctor who examined Henri after the attack claims the scratches and bruises on his arms were self-inflicted.

Sources also say that blood samples were taken from Henri after the attack and are being tested for the presence of alcohol and drugs.

Key to what happened on the night

As reported by News24, Marli, who sustained serious injuries to her head and a slash to her jugular, is awake and has spoken for the first time since the attacks.

She is able to answer simple questions like “who are you” and “which year is it”, a source close to the family said.

Marli survived the attack which killed her father, Martin, 54, mother, Teresa, 55, and brother Rudi, 22, at their home on an exclusive golf estate in Stellenbosch.

Marli, who has been protected by police in a luxury Stellenbosch private hospital, likely holds the key to what happened on the night.

It has meanwhile also been confirmed that an advocate who acted for the British honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani has been approached by the Van Breda family to represent Henri.

- For more on these murders, click here.

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