Don’t read too much into Marli’s social media posts - lawyer

2015-05-11 18:22
A photo put up by Marli van Breda on Instagram shows her with her late parents, Martin and Teresa. (Instagram)

A photo put up by Marli van Breda on Instagram shows her with her late parents, Martin and Teresa. (Instagram)

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Cape Town - People should not be too quick to speculate about recent social media posts made by De Zalze axe attack survivor Marli van Breda, her legal representative said on Monday.

“Nothing should be read into the social media posts. The pictures posted were in tribute to [Marli’s] deceased family members. The media should be cautious before jumping to conclusions or making unsubstantiated speculations,” said Advocate Louise Buikman in an e-mail response to News24.

She was responding to weekend media reports about posts to Marli’s Instagram accounts showing pictures of her deceased parents, Martin and Teresa van Breda, and her dead brother Rudi.

All three were killed in an axe attack at their home in the luxury De Zalze golf estate in late January.

Marli survived the attack with serious injuries to her head and throat, while her brother Henri sustained light injuries.

The estate’s management confirmed that there was no break-in.

Marli, 16, posted a photo of herself smiling with her parents and in another photo showed her beaming father and brother Rudi. She captioned the photos “the people I love the most” with a heart next to it.

In her last Instagram post, she put up a picture of her mother and wrote: “Happy Mother’s Day! She really was a lovely woman, I can’t even begin to explain how nice she was to me!”

Buikman also confirmed that there has been no change in the condition of Marli’s retrograde amnesia.

“It is unlikely she [Marli] will remember the incident,” the lawyer said.

She did, however, say that the teenager’s condition is “continuing to improve and she is in good health”.

“Her recovery will take a long time but, given the circumstances, has been nothing short of miraculous.”

Marli and Henri have not seen each other since the attack. She is currently in the care of family friends, while The Citizen newspaper reported on May 1 that Henri had gone to Welkom to live with a family friend.

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