Henri van Breda suspected of being a tik addict - report

2015-02-15 14:27
Henri van Breda (Facebook)

Henri van Breda (Facebook)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Police investigating the brutal axe killings of a Stellenbosch family are expected to seek the medical records of the 20-year-old surviving son, Henri van Breda, whom they believe has a tik addiction.

According to the Sunday Times, police are investigating a number of possible motives, including one that Henri’s parents reportedly cut off his allowance.

The newspaper meanwhile reports that it has tracked down a man who claims to have been Henri’s drug runner. The man, known as Mark, reportedly identified Henri from a photograph and said that he had been a regular customer.

Police have not however taken a statement from Mark but sources close to the investigation say this is not necessary as Henri’s medical records would be subpoenaed to prove addiction.

Henri allegedly spent time last year at an upmarket drug rehabilitation centre in Cape Town.

Last week, News24 reported that evidence had 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.

Henri allegedly 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.

A source 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.

The bodies of Martin, 54, and Teresa, 55, van Breda and their eldest son Rudi, 22, were discovered in their home at the exclusive De Zalze golf estate in Stellenbosch two weeks ago. They had been hacked to death. Their younger son Henri, 20, had minor injuries and their daughter, Marli, 16, was hospitalised with serious injuries to her head.

- Health24: The signs, symptoms and shocking stats about Tik addiction in SA

Read more on:    cape town  |  crime  |  van breda murders

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Reporting Accountant

Cape Town
Network Finance Professional / Prudential
R310 000.00 - R360 000.00 Per Year

HSE Manager

Cape Town
Tumaini Consulting
R550 000.00 - R650 000.00 Per Year

IT Manager (contract)

Cape Town CBD
Communicate Cape Town IT
R330 000.00 - R458 000.00 Per Year

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.