As it happened: Henri van Breda appears in court

2016-06-14 07:52

Henri van Breda, 21, has been granted bail after he appeared in court in connection with the killings of three members of his family.


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Investigation took so long because there were issues to clear up, the NPA wanted to ensure they would be able to argue case strongly when it goes to court, Eric Ntabazalila says.

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Henri was wearing sleeping shorts and white socks, blood on this clothing came from deceased, this is why he was charged, NPA says.

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Axe and kitchen knife found at the crime scene, NPA says.

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NPA says Henri van Breda faces a charge of defeating the ends of justice, for allegedly tampering with the crime scene.

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Magistrate Lungelo Jumba says it is clear there is no likelihood that the accused will flee or interfere with witnesses. R100 000 bail granted.

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Galloway: May not be in contact to the witnesses in the case. Report to the local police station every Monday and Friday.

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Tammy Petersen tweets: Galloway: Bail conditions are he appear at the Western Cape High Court on 9 September. Passport to be handed to SAPS. May not leave the province.

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Botha: Police in possession of his past address as well as where he is currently staying.

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Botha: provision made for bail of R100 000.

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Botha: Henri has an aunt in Canada, but all other family is in SA. He has not attempted to abscond. Face well known due to media coverage.

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Botha: his release on bail will not jeopardise case or affect public safety.

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Botha: Henri attended sessions with investigating officers over the past 16 months.

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Botha: Legal team has been in contact with police since last year. Found out police planned to arrest him, which is why he handed himself in

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Pieter Botha: Despite charges State does not oppose bail.

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Tammy Petersen reports that Henri faces 3 murder charges, one of attempted murder as well as one of obstruction of justice.

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State asks that matter be transferred to high court. The matters are Schedule 5 and 6 offences.

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It appears that Henri van Breda has arrived outside the court.

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Court has been adjourned, without an appearance from Henri van Breda.

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Hope this means something's happening.

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News24's Tammy Petersen says other cases are being called first, despite initial indications that Van Breda case was first on the court roll.

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The case has made headlines in Australia, where the family had lived.

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Proceedings nearly under way.

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News24's Tammy Petersen is at court on a chilly Stellenbosch morning.

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Van Breda case first on the court roll this morning.

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The case has made the news in Australia, where the family had lived for a period.

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Watch Henri van Breda arrive at the police station.

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Henri van Breda, 21, is set to appear court in connection with the killings of the Van Breda family in Stellenbosch early last year.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said their investigation led to the arrest of a man who had "handed himself over to the Stellenbosch police at 15:30" on Monday.

He faced three counts of murder and one of attempted murder.

Martin van Breda, his wife Teresa and son Rudi were hacked to death with an axe at De Zalze golf estate in the early hours of Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Daughter Marli, who was 16 at the time, and brother Henri, 20 at the time, were the only surviving members of the attack.

National Prosecuting Authority Western Cape spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila would not comment on whether there had been a decision to prosecute. "We can only comment when a suspect goes to court," he said.

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