AS IT HAPPENED: 'Those are not my words' - #VanBreda's statement differs from police version, court hears

2017-11-06 09:51

Murder accused Henri van Breda faces sharp cross examination in the Western Cape High Court over accusations that he murdered three of his family members.


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Galloway concludes cross examination. Adv Botha to redirect in the morning. Court adjourned.

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Galloway says when Van Breda cannot give an alternative explanation, his memory becomes vague. No, he says.

Galloway suggests he has selective memory loss, especially in terms of incriminating parts of State's case against him.

Van Breda: OK.

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"I wasn't aware of the bump on my head" - Van Breda

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Van Breda says malicious that police didn't mention a second attacker. He says he told them this as he had heard voices.

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Van Breda says he could not see the passage where Teresa was attacked.

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Van Breda disagrees that he said he was scared to leave the bathroom.

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Van Breda says the family's dinner times, specified as 19:15 to 20:00, were not given by him as definite times.

Says he didn't have a rum and coke while watching TV. Denies Marli watched TV with them and went to bed at 21:00.

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"I'm not suggesting they made up lies or put words in my mouth. I am saying this is not the words I used." 

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I was not entirely thinking clearly. I did not understand situation I was in. If I had been given legal advice, day to rest ... 

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The manner they acted that day, you do not consider it irregular?

Van Breda: I said I didn't at the time note it as being irregular.

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Were you hungry? Did you have an appetite? Van Breda says he was brought food that he ate. Sandwich and a flavoured yoghurt.

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Lunch adjournment

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Blood splatter on the toe of Van Breda's right sock  

Says he stepped into blood  

Botha up again, objecting  

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Desai rules that Galloway can proceed

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Galloway says Van Breda can answer because he was there

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Attacker's back was facing me  

Wasn't near mom's attack, didn't hear it  

Galloway: "How does blood splatter end up on the front of your short?"

Botha objects

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Galloway says axe was clean, no blood dripped down or flowed down to the handle

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Advocate Pieter Botha was admitted as an advocate on September 7, 1987  

Obtained chambers at a recognised bar: December 4, 1995

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Advocate Pieter Botha represents Van Breda

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