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During the Van Breda murder trial, investigating officer Marlon Appollis told the Western Cape High Court that a different axe to the one previously decribed in court was found at the crime scene.
Sgt Appollis says no other axe was found in #VanBreda house after the murders. @News24— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) August 16, 2017
Sgt Appollis says no other axe was found in #VanBreda house after the murders. @News24
Appollis says there was no other axe on the scene.
He didn't find one at the scene. If there was another axe they would have found it.
Axe: Reade Jahn said when he had previously been to the house, the axe had a black head.
Said he didn't recognise it because it's green. He identified it when there was blood on it and it looked black.
Side gate was closed, a key was hanging from it. It was closed, but need the key to unlock.
Key permanently there.
Sgt Appollis says as far as he knows, Marli #VanBreda still doesn't have any recollection of the triple murders. @News24— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) August 16, 2017
Sgt Appollis says as far as he knows, Marli #VanBreda still doesn't have any recollection of the triple murders. @News24
Old cases at De Zalze in past 12 years referred to:
Less than 20% of incidents, the cases were solved or a suspect was arrested. Most are unsolved. Yes, Appollis, most were reported for insurance purposes.
Botha: You wouldn't know if the person my client described knew or didn't know the family?
That's correct, Appollis says.
Three statements from people who had been at De Zalze that night/morning being referred to.
Botha says two of the people say they are bus drivers, the other a newspaper delivery man.
Sgt Appollis was tasked to check cellphone records. Only suspicious message was that of James Reade-Jahn, who had an alibi. #VanBreda pic.twitter.com/tqeNSi3Bey— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) August 16, 2017
Sgt Appollis was tasked to check cellphone records. Only suspicious message was that of James Reade-Jahn, who had an alibi. #VanBreda pic.twitter.com/tqeNSi3Bey
Similar investigation into family's cellphone records. Looked for threatening messages, only found James' message out of the ordinary, saying he wished he could kill her whole family or along those lines, Appollis says.
James Reade-Jahn, Marli's friend, was also asked for his alibi that day.
Appollis says he got the cellphone records and message history of his, discovered a conversation between him and Marli. He had been at his home that night and had gone to school the next morning.
After the case was reported, they located all the family's access cards with Dolf Van der Merwe, Martin's friend, and the Reade-Jahns. Others were in Van Breda vehicles.
All those who accessed the estate early that morning had been traced and gave statements.
He was mostly responsible for cellphone records, assembling the docket.
He also looked at security of De Zalze.
On the day of the incident, he was at the scene. He was briefed to handle everthing surrounding Marli at the Stellenbosch Mediclinic.
He spent most of the day at Stellenbosch Mediclinic until she was transferred to Vergelegen Mediclinic.
Sergeant Appollis is also part of the investigating team in the Jason Rohde and Hannah Cornelius cases. #VanBreda pic.twitter.com/9M68xopOlY— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) August 16, 2017
Sergeant Appollis is also part of the investigating team in the Jason Rohde and Hannah Cornelius cases. #VanBreda pic.twitter.com/9M68xopOlY
#VanBreda murders investigating officer Sergeant Marlon Appolis will testify in the WC High Court this morning. Trial starts at 10:00. pic.twitter.com/FoenNhP8fZ— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) August 16, 2017
#VanBreda murders investigating officer Sergeant Marlon Appolis will testify in the WC High Court this morning. Trial starts at 10:00. pic.twitter.com/FoenNhP8fZ
Van Breda defence zooms in on unsealed evidence bag
One of the evidence bags containing a DNA swab taken from a shower in the Van Breda house was not sealed when received by the SAPS forensic laboratory, the Western Cape High Court heard on Tuesday.
Warrant Officer Lorraine Nel, who accepted the exhibits from investigators, confirmed that exhibit 117 had arrived in a sealed evidence bag, but that the individual box had not been sealed, as required.
According to the results, the DNA was found to belong to Henri, Rudi and Teresa van Breda.
An H-stick was used to check for the possible presence of blood, but Nel conceded that it was possible for it to give a false positive by household products such as bleach.
AS IT HAPPENED: Presence of blood in shower under scrutiny in Van Breda trial
The Van Breda trial has continued into day 33 of the proceedings in the Western Cape High Court where forensic expert Warrant Officer Lorraine Nel has given testimony to DNA samples handed over as evidence.
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