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The trial of triple-murder accused Henri van Breda has been postponed to September 11 after Judge Siraj Desai found favour in the State's application for postponement, following the unavailability of the State's final witness.
News24 journalist Tammy Petersen is reporting from court.
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Botha and his Junior are being prejudiced, as they are in private practice.
Appreciates the inconvenience, but is mitigated that he is out on bail.
Adv Botha, for Henri #VanBreda, says his client is fast running out of funds, can't afford postponement as case costing him 'a lot'. @News24— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) August 21, 2017
Adv Botha, for Henri #VanBreda, says his client is fast running out of funds, can't afford postponement as case costing him 'a lot'. @News24
Witness Marius Joubert, expected to testify on blood spatter, is still unavailable due to illness. #VanBreda trial expected to be postponed.— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) August 21, 2017
Witness Marius Joubert, expected to testify on blood spatter, is still unavailable due to illness. #VanBreda trial expected to be postponed.
Desai says the nature of his illness was shared in chambers.
Adv Galloway says should he not be fit to stand trial, they will "achieve some other means".
Two weeks will be enough for the witness to recover, but he has another case next week. The evidence he will be giving is circumstantial evidence, Galloway says.
Henri #VanBreda's triple murder trial to continue in WC High Court today. Blood spatter expert expected to testify. He is not yet in court. pic.twitter.com/FUoG1XzGaa— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) August 21, 2017
Henri #VanBreda's triple murder trial to continue in WC High Court today. Blood spatter expert expected to testify. He is not yet in court. pic.twitter.com/FUoG1XzGaa
Marli van Breda won't testify in brother's trial
Marli van Breda will not testify for the State in the triple murder trial of her brother.
The prosecution is expected to next week wrap up their case against the 22-year-old middle child of Martin and Teresa van Breda, accused of killing his parents and brother and attempting to murder his teenage sister two years ago.
Although the now 18-year-old was included on its witness list, she will not testify as she has not regained her memory. She has not yet been seen attending the trial.
The State's final witness, blood spatter analyst Captain Marius Joubert, will take to the stand on Monday.
Henri van Breda's axe man has never been found - cop
Nobody matching the description Henri van Breda gave of the axe man he claimed killed his family has ever been found, the Western Cape High Court heard on Wednesday.
Police informants and the media were used to try and find the balaclava-clad man Van Breda had described, investigating officer Sergeant Marlon Appollis testified.
During cross-examination, Pieter Botha, for Van Breda, pointed out that the few details Henri gave police would not have been very helpful if they were searching for someone who had been wearing a balaclava.
"You would be surprised how often we trace suspects with such little information," Appollis responded. He is a seasoned detective with 14 years' experience.
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