Axe thrown at surviving Van Breda son - report

2015-02-13 13:10
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Cape Town - One of the survivors of a gruesome axe attack on a Stellenbosch family in January claims he was knocked unconscious after an attacker threw an axe at him, according to a report.

The Times reported on Friday that Henri van Breda, 20, apparently told family members that an intruder attacked the family.

According to police sources, Henri recounted how his brother, Rudi, 22, was attacked first. His father, Martin, 54, then rushed to defend Rudi, but was also murdered. His mother, Teresa, 55, was then killed, while his younger sister, Marli, 16, was critically injured.

It emerged that Henri only phoned emergency services four hours after the attack. He told family members that he had been knocked out in the attack and only regained consciousness after 07:00 on the morning of 27 January.

However, a doctor who examined Henri reportedly believed his injuries could have been self-inflicted.

Die Son reported on Friday that Marli is now out of the intensive care unit at Vergelegen Medi-Clinic in Somerset West. She is under police guard and investigators are reportedly waiting for her condition to improve so that they can take a statement from her. An arrest could then follow, according to the report.

- For more on these murders, click here.

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