AS IT HAPPENED: Consciousness, movement of Rudi #VanBreda possible after attack - neurosurgeon tells court

2017-10-23 09:21

Durign the trial of murder-accussed Henri van Breda, defence witness Dr Michael Du-Trevou has told the Western Cape High Court that Rudi would have been capable of significant movement following the attack.

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Du-Trevou: Concussion can affect decision-making.

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Judge Desai asks about losing consciousness due to loss of oxygen. Can cause brain damage within a few minutes, Du Trevou says.

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Rudi van Breda likely to have been unconscious after blows to head. Du Trevou won't speculate on how long he would have been unconscious.

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*Court resumes* 

Cross-examination by State advocate Susan Galloway continues.

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*Court briefly adjourned for tea.*

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Accused consulted Dr Van Zyl that evening. She says they had nice conversation, treated for stab wound. No indication of head injury.

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Judge Desai: bruising on forehead is a small injury.

Du-Trevou confirms, says injury to brain could be mild to moderate.

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"Vasovagal syncope occurs when you faint because your body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress." 

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Defence objects the questioning. Judge Desai allows the State to continue cross examination.

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Causes of loss of consciousness: medical condition (Henri doesn't have one); drug use, medication, alcohol.  Adv Botha objects.

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Dependent on dizziness, consciousness of which you have no evidence, Galloway asks. Correct, Du Trevou says.

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Dr Perumal believes Rudi Van Breda would be able to make significant movement. Du Trevou says he may have been able to crawl, but not stand.

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Du Trevou was asked to comment on whether Henri could have had a 2h40m post-traumatic amnesia spell. Very common occurrence. 

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The defence approached Du Trevou with four questions.

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Henri's plea explanation discussed. Dr du Trevou says not possible to determine if lost consciousness or recollection of incident.

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Rudi found on floor 1m from where he was attacked on bed. He says Rudi van Breda's cerebral injuries wouldn't have caused immediate death.

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Defence lawyer Advocate Pieter Botha goes through neurologist's CV.

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