Judge delays decision on Van Breda trial livestream

2017-03-24 15:28
Henri van Breda with his attorney. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Henri van Breda with his attorney. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - Judgment in an application by Media24 to livestream Henri van Breda's murder trial will be handed down shortly before his the case starts in the Cape Town High Court on Monday.

On Friday, Judge Siraj Desai heard an urgent application from the digital publisher for permission to share the proceedings via its internet platforms, so that the public can follow the trial.

This would be similar to the live broadcast of the trial of former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

The State and Van Breda's lawyers argued that this could alter witness testimony, or intimidate witnesses while they testify. Experts could also suffer reputational damage if the public tore their performances to shreds.

The legal representative for Van Breda's sister Marli, Advocate Louise Buikman, also stressed to Desai the importance of shielding her from the media glare.

Buikman told News24 on the side-lines that two orders had already been granted to protect Marli's privacy.

No media interviews

She survived the axe attack in her family's home with serious injuries and was left with amnesia after her physical recovery.

Orders granted in June 2015 and October 2016 already stipulated that no media may interview or photograph her without the consent of her curator.

The media should also exercise care when reporting about her and her curator is the only person who can liaise with the media.

On Friday, Desai said he was sure the media would be careful around her.

He would consider adding conditions relating to her in his order in Monday.

Van Breda faces three counts of murder, one of attempted murder, and one of obstructing the course of justice.

His parents, Martin, 54, and Teresa, 55, and his brother Rudi, 22, were killed with an axe in their home on the luxury De Zalze golf estate in Stellenbosch in the early hours of Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

* News24 is part of 24.com, a subsidiary of Media24

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