AS IT HAPPENED: I didn't kill my family - Henri #VanBreda testimony

2017-10-31 10:24

Triple murder accused Henri van Breda is testifying in his defence in the Western Cape High Court.

Follow Tammy Petersen live from the court.


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Court is adjourned until 10:00 on Wednesday.

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Nothing suspicious noted by security that night. Van Breda says he doesn't dispute that; was surprised that only two officers were on duty that night.

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Galloway asks about past criminal incidents at De Zalze. Van Breda says he had no prior knowledge of any activity at De Zalze, nor upgrades.

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Van Breda says he did not go through a list of attacks or break-ins at the estate.

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Van Breda says he doesn't know of anybody who would have a grudge against his family.

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Numerous doggie beds in #VanBreda house. Sasha was sickly at time of murders. She suffered a "stroke-like event" when they returned from Oz.

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Disagrees that he is the only person alive that can remember what happened.

"I have no idea what the attackers' memory is like."

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Other people (visitors) at house the night or morning of murders? No, Van Breda says.

He also confirms he is right handed.

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Galloway: Why were no the first witness?  

Van Breda: I was given advice by my lawyer

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Van Breda confirming his version of events

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Susan Galloway is a seasoned State advocate with 25 years' experience.  

Her high-profile cases have included the conviction of taxi driver Jacob Humphreys. He was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for killing 10 children when a train struck his minibus at the Buttskop level crossing, Blackheath, in 2010.

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Advocate Galloway begins cross examination

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Henri can't explain why he didn't aid Van Breda family  

"I wish I did"  

"I was too scared"

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Van Breda says he has no reason to attack his family

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Van Breda says he did not kill his family with the axe

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Van Breda says he has never seen the axe  

Doesn't dispute the domestic worker's testimony that there was a similar axe in the house

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Van Breda much calmer now in his testimony

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Van Breda had a beer to "calm down"

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