AS IT HAPPENED: First responders, estate security examined in Van Breda trial

2017-05-02 09:55

The first responders to the scene of the Van Breda murders were examined in court today.


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02 May 14:58
Court adjourned. We resume at 10am tomorrow.

02 May 14:58

02 May 14:56

02 May 14:54
In January 2015, there were 44 cameras on the estate.

02 May 14:54
After the murders, more cameras have been added and are now right around the fence, Afrika says.

02 May 14:50
Afrika says theres a gate with a lock, which only opens for water to flow through. Like s suspended pendulum, Combrink says. Afrika says there is also an electric fence and cameras which allow for remote monitoring.

02 May 14:46
Points out a zone, where there is a river running through the estate. Stretches from Spier.

02 May 14:46
Combrink says anti-dug is cement which does not allow one to dig underneath to gain access to the property

02 May 14:43
An anti-dig system is not right around the entire estate.

02 May 14:38
Zoning numbers have changed since then, Afrika says.

02 May 14:37
 Combrink says a former security manager showed defence there were 44 zones in July 2014. Africa says he always tested 43.

02 May 14:33
Electric fence has 22 energisers and is very accurate, Afrika says.

02 May 14:30
Do you know how the system works? Afrika says no, only knows what will activate it. What wouldn't activate is dry sand. It wouldn't cause a current.

02 May 14:29
Matthys Combrink cross examining Afrika.

02 May 14:28
The fence will continuously be activated as red, until I remove whatever activated it. Didn't see anyone walking around that night.

02 May 14:27
No, there was no suspects or alarms that night. Our fence is very accurate. Anything that touches it will activate the system, even a frog [which has happened in the past], and I will be sent out to check.

02 May 14:25
Did it five times during his night shift.

02 May 14:25
He was on duty the night of the murders. Afrika had tested the security fence, He said he found no problems during inspection, or on barrier fence. All in order and as it should be.

02 May 14:23
He also goes to specific points to check that all is in order. Geotab system and a clocking system checks that he had indeed gone to check all the points. A full report is sent to show he had done this.

02 May 14:20
First patrol at 6, checks voltage and for obstructions, then double check 12 hours later.

02 May 14:17
He checks that electricity fence is operational, that electricity runs through it.

02 May 14:17
The next witness is Lorenzo Afrika, who worked for a security company operating at De Zalze Estate. He was first responder.

02 May 14:10
Court has resumed.

02 May 13:58

02 May 12:57
Court adjourns for lunch.

02 May 12:57

02 May 12:56

02 May 12:52
Botha: we have evidence from 2002 till incident that 190 different crimes happened on De Zalze. That's 24 break ins.

02 May 12:50
Botha now asking about crime incidents at De Zalze; Kleynhans says yes, theft in 2013.

02 May 12:48
Botha says no blood or drugs found in his system.

02 May 12:48
Botha asks about Kleynhans smelling alcohol on breath. Botha says he drank night before with his family.

02 May 12:46
Botha asks if he checked the rooms and bathrooms to see if attacker was still there? No, he says.

02 May 12:45
He wasnt there when paramedics helped Marli.

02 May 12:44
Botha continuously highlighting other areas in the house where blood spots were found at the Van Breda crime scene.

02 May 12:42
Kleynhans: It was a shocking scene when I arrived.

02 May 12:28
Photo evidence of blood droplets near black gate next to the house. Kleynhans hadn't seen it.

02 May 12:26
Botha: there was possibly blood that you didn't see?

02 May 12:24
Kleynhans - there was blood where the women were laying, at the axe on the stairs. Also blood against the wall.

02 May 12:22
Botha asks if anything was done to possibly try and help Martin and Rudi, Kleynhans says he doesn't know.

02 May 12:21
The scene on the landing needed to be disturbed to allow the paramedics to assist Marli, Kleynhans says.

02 May 12:20
Kleynhans took photos of scene - Marli and her mother laying on the landing. He moved back to the bedroom doorway to take the photos, where he discovered Rudi and Martin's bodies.

02 May 12:18
All the while, Henri remained outside.

02 May 12:18
Kleynhans says paramedic told him he won't disturb the scene until I had taken photos, which he did.

02 May 12:16
Kleynhans took photos before two paramedics were allowed to assist Marli. Kleynhans accompanied paramedics. They saw the teenager was still alive.

02 May 12:15
Paramedics arrived to assist Marli. Kleynhans said he didn't know there were two other bodies in the bedroom.

02 May 12:14
Did Constable Jonkers (who had been accompanying you on call out) go into the house? Kleynhans says he doesn't know.

02 May 12:09

Botha - did you read the newspaper reports where it was blatantly speculated that accused was behind the murders?

Kleynhans - yes.

02 May 12:05
Laptop bag is open in one of the photos. A cupboard door in the study had also been open. Kleynhans says he doesn't know who opened it.

02 May 12:05
Kleynhans concedes that items may have been stolen, as he didn't know the house.

02 May 12:04
Kleynhans put his hand in the handbag for medical aid card as requested by the paramedics. Botha asks who had opened the handbag. Kleynhans said the handbag had been open.

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