AS IT HAPPENED: Axe used in murders similar to axe that was kept in the house - Van Breda domestic worker testifies

2017-05-10 09:31

The Van Breda murder trial continues at the Western Cape High Court for the day 9 of the proceedings.


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Last Updated at 10:49
10 May 14:40
No further witnesses for the day. Court adjourned. Back tomorrow at 10am! 

10 May 14:35
No cross examination.

10 May 14:34
He admired his brother a lot. They were together in Australia when rest of family was in SA.

10 May 14:34
Henri and Marli seemed close, Van der Westhuizen says.

10 May 14:34
She starts to cry.

10 May 14:34
Van der Westhuizen and Marli went to school together. 

10 May 14:33
Galloway asks why he would call her. She says she assumes he didn't have anyone else to call.

10 May 14:33
She tried to call, but it didn't go through or he didn't answer. They didn't speak.

10 May 14:33
Saw whatsapps in first period that there was an emergency of some sorts. Replied to him, but he didn't receive them

10 May 14:32
Henri phoned her on 27 Jan at 04:24 in the morning. She says she didn't answer the call. He called again at 07:20. Van der Westhuizen says she didn't answer because classes start at 07:30 and the phone was on aeroplane mode.

10 May 14:31
I saw him for the first time the Tuesday (day of the murders) when we went to the police station. Phone on aeroplane mode when she goes to sleep.

10 May 14:30

10 May 14:29
She sent him a whatsapp message the evening of Monday 26 January.

10 May 14:28
She describes the family as "very normal".

10 May 14:27
We had started spending time together, we weren't dating, she says.

10 May 14:27
Met Henri in January 2014 at a braai. She saw him the weekend before murders. She was in Grade 12.

10 May 14:27
Bianca van der Westhuizen will testify next.

10 May 13:02

10 May 12:51

10 May 12:48
Desai says it's a very dark green from where he is sitting. Galloway says there is some black on the head.

10 May 12:47
Combrink says Marli's ex-boyfriend described it to have a black head and longer handle. The one shown is green.

10 May 12:45
Two statements - one taken 9 Feb 2015. She says she was at work and a policeman came to her workplace, showed her axe and knife. Asked me questions and wrote things down. He asked me to sign and confirm that is the statement.

10 May 12:45
Her statement was written in English. And wasn't read back to her. She isn't fluent in English, Munyongani says. She speaks Shona, and is testifying through an interpreter.

10 May 12:32
Munyongani's statement now being examined.

10 May 12:31
Combrink is trying to determine if it's the same axe that had been in the pantry. He tells Desai he is testing whether the axe was brought there. Desai says he finds the line of questioning torturous.

10 May 12:29
She told police its the same type as the one she saw in the house. She looked at the handle and saw it was the one. It had a sticker on it.

10 May 12:27
Not saying it is the exact axe, but the same type of axe.

10 May 12:26
She doesn't know what the axe was used for in the past, as she never saw anyone using it. There was a fireplace outside the house.

10 May 12:25
She says she has seen many axes in her life, different types. She describes it as a small axe.

10 May 12:25
Munyongani says it is the same type - size and appearance - of axe she had seen at the house. She says she was previously shown picture of the axe.

10 May 12:21
Adv Combrink to cross examine now.

10 May 12:21
The last time she saw the family, she didn't notice anything different about them.

10 May 12:20
She last cleaned Henri's bathroom the previous Friday.

10 May 12:19
Henri's cigarettes shown. Munyongani says he was the only one who smoked. She never saw him smoking while his parents were there.

10 May 12:18
Now asked about the paper stuck to the fridge. Munyongani says she was told the paper had emergency numbers if anything happened at the house.

10 May 12:17
She is now shown exhibit one, the axe, and exhibit 2 - the knife. Myongane says they look the same as what was in the house.

10 May 12:14
Photo also shows knife, cigarettes. Set of knives that look the same as this one, in the drawer with the spoons, Munyongani says.

10 May 12:14

10 May 12:10
Shown photo of an axe, cigarettes. She had identified the items - the axe was the same one that had been in the house. Usually stored in a shelf in the scullery where I used to fetch the ironing board

10 May 12:07
Galloway points out couch with blanket and pillows. She says Rudi had been laying there with that blanket that Monday.

10 May 12:06
Galloway says the top drawer is somewhat open. Knives and spoons stored there, Munyongani confirms.

10 May 12:05
In the photos, she says the house looked like it normally looked.  She is shown a photo of the kitchen area.

10 May 12:04
She is being showed photo evidence.

10 May 12:02
Henri has his own bathroom, parents another, and Marli the third.

10 May 12:01
Galloway asks about the brothers' relationship. "I didn't quite observe the two of them, I didn't see them talking much with each other."

10 May 12:01
Galloway - Every witnessed instances where they fought with each other? No, she says.

10 May 12:00
Teresa, Rudi and Henri had been there. They spoke Afrikaans to each other. She doesn't understand Afrikaans.

10 May 11:58
Three bathrooms upstairs, she cleaned two. She didn't clean Henri's bathroom because it was late for her to do it.

10 May 11:57
She worked on Monday 26 January. Arrived at 08:25. Worked until 15:45.

10 May 11:56
She would phone and notify them if couldn't enter through the side gate. It had happened before.

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