AS IT HAPPENED: Henri #VanBreda doesn't recall seeing axe in his house

2017-11-01 09:38

Court has been adjourned in the case of triple murder accused Henri van Breda, who is testifying in his defence in the Western Cape High Court. Get all the details here.

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01 Nov 19:59

WRAP: Van Breda used replica to demonstrate axe attack on his family

Henri van Breda was handed a replica of the axe, used to bludgeon his family to death, to demonstrate the blows that killed his father and brother two years ago.

The triple murder accused, who turned 23 on Wednesday, showed Judge Siraj Desai the movements that the alleged attacker made as his brother Rudi lay asleep in his bed and his father Martin attempted to intervene.

01 Nov 19:56

'He's just playing out his own Van Gogh story' - Twitter reaction to Van Breda's tie

Twitter users are buzzing as triple murder accused Henri van Breda wears a Van Gogh-inspired tie to court.

Van Gogh painted Starry Night in 1889 during his stay at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. 

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Henri van Breda takes a final sip of water in the dock before making his way out as court is adjourned.

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Lunch recess is over.

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Henri van Breda demonstrates axe attack from stand

State prosecutor Susan Galloway on Wednesday asked triple murder accused Henri van Breda to demonstrate certain aspects of the axe attack.

01 Nov 12:50

Henri van Breda turns his head to respond to Judge Desai after he follows on from another question by Advocate Galloway. 

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Court adjourns for the lunch break. 

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Galloway asks what exactly about the attacker's voice Van Breda would recognise.

Van Breda: "I still hear the voices and giggling in my nightmares..." 

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Galloway and Judge Desai quiz Van Breda on how he could determine the attacker's race if he could only see the eyes through the balaclava the attacker was wearing. 

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Galloway: "No one would be able to identify the attacker, based on your description, do you agree with that?" 

Van Breda: "I agree, it wasn't a lot to go on." 

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Galloway to Van Breda: "So it's not like you're a sickly, smaller built person..." 

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Galloway questions why the attacker ignored Henri van Breda and attacked the rest of his family. 

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Galloway pointing out inconsistencies in Van Breda's statement, and court testimony. 

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Galloway asks if the attacker laughed while attacking his brother and father. "Yes," Van Breda replies. 

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Galloway questions why the attacker left Henri behind in the room and went for the female voice to carry on the attack. 

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Henri van Breda demonstrates certain aspects of the axe attack in court. 

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