AS IT HAPPENED: #VanBreda judgment to be handed down on April 23

2018-02-14 09:54

Murder-accused Henri van Breda's judgment is expected to be handed down on April 23, in the Western Cape High Court.

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14 Feb 15:30
Judge Desai says verdict will be given on April 23. Adjourn. #VanBreda

14 Feb 15:27
Adv Galloway says only reasonable inference is that #VanBreda is the attacker.

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14 Feb 15:22
Knife wound would not necessarily be described as self-inflicted, Adv Galloway concedes.  #VanBreda

14 Feb 15:22
Forehead, leg and back wounds likely not self-inflicted, Adv Galloway says. #VanBreda

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14 Feb 15:13
Teresa #VanBreda's blood may have dripped onto his sock, Adv Galloway says. When hit on same spot, blood source results. Marli hit on 6 different areas.

14 Feb 15:10
Bathroom blood stain was not classified as a shoeprint. All prints were analysed and accounted for, Adv Galloway says. #VanBreda

14 Feb 15:08
State doesn't know where #VanBreda stood at time of attack. Blood spatter indicated where accused should have been, and Henri's version found to be improbable, Adv Galloway says.

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Regarding possible intruder: Blood drop on door didn't contain human DNA. Blood on boundary wall more likely spatter from #VanBreda boys' room, as per Captain Joubert.

Found no corresponding drip trail outside the house.

Does not support version of attacker fleeing the house.


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All vehicles which entered De Zalze that morning were accounted for, Adv Galloway says. #VanBreda

14 Feb 14:50
Adv Galloway says crime at De Zalze lacked violence and there was actual property missing. #VanBreda

14 Feb 14:48
No evidence of unlawful entry onto De Zalze that night, Adv Galloway says. #VanBreda

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Adv Botha concludes his arguments. #VanBreda

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Court resumes #VanBreda

14 Feb 12:48
Court adjourns for lunch #VanBreda

14 Feb 12:46
Adv Botha says Dempers set out to disprove that knife was stuck in #VanBreda's side. Used a piece of pork for experiment and knife stayed in longer than expected. He says Dempers still testified it was "not possible".

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Dr Albertse couldn't say if #VanBreda's injuries self-inflicted. Referred to Dr Tiemensma who worked from photos. Forearm and thorax considered possibly self-inflicted. If others were self-inflicted, would be very unusual as it doesn't conform, Adv Botha says.

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Adv Botha questions the motive. Judge Desai says the murder itself was almost as if killed in a frenzy, attacked in anger. Concerned by the highly personalised nature of the killings. Adv Botha says the motive is not known. #VanBreda

14 Feb 12:08
What are probabilities that #VanBreda could have foreseen that he would be diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy to explain the 2h40m, Adv Botha asks.

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14 Feb 11:48
Judge Desai asks Adv Botha what this means in terms of 2h40m. Seizure and postictal state explain time lapse between after the murders and when he eventually phones for help.  #VanBreda

14 Feb 11:42
Epilepsy diagnosis of #VanBreda discussed. Adv Botha refers to the recording of his client in hospital in which he suffered a myoclonic seizure. Judge Desai describes it as a slight twitch.

14 Feb 11:34
Adv Botha says on totality of evidence, no evidence to exclude unknown assailant.  #VanBreda

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He was on a mission to kill everyone, Judge Desai says. Adv Botha says he doesn't know. Judge Desai tells him they can speculate for a minute.  #VanBreda

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Who stabbed #VanBreda? Adv Botha says Rudi had probably been asleep when he was hit, attack on Martin unexpected, no suggestion that Marli or Teresa stabbed him.

14 Feb 11:16
#VanBreda dressed in sleep shorts at time of attack. Why was no DNA found on any of the deceased or on Marli, Adv Botha asks.

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