AS IT HAPPENED: Defence works to undermine State's #VanBreda case

2018-02-13 15:30

Murder-accused Henri van Breda is facing closing arguments in the Western Cape High Court.

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13 Feb 15:40
Matter adjourns until tomorrow. Adv Botha is only 2/3 through. Adv Galloway will then reply.

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#VanBreda didn't wear a balaclava and gloves, Adv Botha says. Why was not a single bit of DNA found on any of his family members?

Postmortem findings - Dr Anthony agreed with Dr Perumal's report that it was likely Rudi could still move after assault, even if not purposeful. He may have pulled duvet, Adv Botha says. #VanBreda


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No DNA of Marli on axe, despite being hit 8 times with it, nor on #VanBreda. Reade-Jahn in court said the axe was not the one he had seen at the family home.

Judge Desai asks if you go to a braai, do you study the axe of your host?


13 Feb 15:14
Judge Desai asks what is likelihood of an attacker entering the property with an axe?

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Judge Desai asks why there would be no trace of an intruder. Adv Botha says Lt Col Otto testified perpetrator would leave a trace, but not if he wore a balaclava or gloves.

Desai says there is no objective verification of an intruder.


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13 Feb 14:58
Debate on the location of blood splatter between Botha and Judge Desai

13 Feb 14:57
Desai asks Botha to explain the lack of blood stains in the upper part of Henri's body

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Botha arguing that the State's DNA results were biased

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Question on a matter of record momentarily throws Botha from course, but he is soon back to full voice

13 Feb 14:37
Evidence corroborates Henri's version of events, says Botha

13 Feb 14:36
Henri admitted that he handled the axe after the crime, says Botha

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Botha has tackled security, DNA evidence and blood splatter – key evidence in the State's case against Henri van Breda

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Blood from the axe dripped on Henri van Breda's heel, says Botha

13 Feb 14:28
Botha argues that impact splatter evidence helps his case

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Lunch adjournment

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According to case law, you can't have regard to samples that have not been tested according to Standard Operating Procedures, Botha argues

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Botha says the DNA result was not scientifically sound

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The only thing that bothers me is that she could have simply rebutted the State's case, says Desai of Dr Antonel Olckers

13 Feb 12:36

Why did your expert witness not test the samples herself and say that they are wrong?  

Desai tackles Dr Antonel Olckers  

Botha says her evidence was valuable


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Desai argues: Why would a neighbour who doesn't even know you, come to testify against you?  

Botha says he doesn't know why, except to say that it is there


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Desai says the neighbours may not have wanted to interfere in the Van Breda household "fight".  

"Where I grew up, everybody would rush out and join the fight"


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Judge Desai and Botha have mini debate on the neighbour's child who woke up at 04:00

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