AS IT HAPPENED: Possible to bypass electric fencing - #VanBreda security company witness

2017-10-24 10:00

The defence's second witness for the day, Owner of Energized Fencing Charl Rabie, has told the Western Cape High Court, during the trial of triple murder-accused Henri van Breda, that it is possible to bypass electric fencing at the De Zalze Estate in Stellenbosch.


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24 Oct 12:41
Rabie concludes testimony. Next witness only expected tomorrow. Start at 11:00 as he is returning from Namibia. Adjourned.

24 Oct 12:35

24 Oct 12:31
Concept of false alarm not impossible. Rabie says its called a 'nuisance alarm'. 

24 Oct 12:30

24 Oct 12:27
You don't have to be an expert to get over electric fencing, Rabie says. Easiest option is to get over it. 

24 Oct 12:27

24 Oct 12:27
Video recording showed a buck, but nothing untoward or strange, Galloway says.

24 Oct 12:25

24 Oct 12:19
Officer at Parow room didn't receive any alarm activations. Rabie says red line would show on screen. If didn't see it, won't know. 

24 Oct 12:17

24 Oct 12:16
Fence was tested that night and 2 witnesses said all was in order, Galloway says. 

24 Oct 12:13

24 Oct 12:11
Rabie based his findings on his knowledge of security systems. 

24 Oct 12:11

24 Oct 12:05
Person who wants to gain access just has to ensure live and earth wire mustn't connect for more than 3 seconds, Rabie says. 

24 Oct 12:05

24 Oct 12:04
The shock from the electric fencing won't kill you, Rabie says. 

24 Oct 12:03

24 Oct 12:03
Person must have knowledge of electric fencing or you will shock, Rabie says. Wires must meet for 3 "pulses" before it activates. 

24 Oct 12:03

24 Oct 11:59
Activation remains until noted and deactivated. If 1 gets over fence, will there be second alarm? Not in same period, Rabie says. 

24 Oct 11:58

24 Oct 11:57
According to security report, there were more activations, Rabie says. 9:24 - alarm on. Can't see cause. Data must be stored on PC.

24 Oct 11:53

24 Oct 11:52
Another kiosk door opened, beam activated and alarm on later. Also can't confirm cause. Four activations in total that night.

24 Oct 11:50

24 Oct 11:49
26 Jan at 7:38, alarm on. Means it was activated, relayed to Parow via computer. Voltage fell under threshold. Kiosk door opened.

24 Oct 11:48

24 Oct 11:48
If voltage falls below threshold, system is activated. Can be caused by connecting 2 wires for 3 secs, cutting wires, wet branch.

24 Oct 11:48

24 Oct 11:40
If electricity goes off, there is a battery linked to energiser. Reserve feeds battery. If electricity falls, battery runs.

24 Oct 11:39

24 Oct 11:39
Rabie did work at De Zalze about 12 years ago. His company didn't install the estate's fencing.

24 Oct 11:39

24 Oct 11:38
*court resumes*

24 Oct 11:38

24 Oct 10:44
*Court adjourned to 11:30*

24 Oct 10:42

24 Oct 10:42
Taljaard says she was shocked at murders. She wakes up if people are having a party, laughter. Didn't hear anything that night. 

24 Oct 10:41

24 Oct 10:40
Taljaard didn't hear shouts for help, attacker laughing, or Teresa Van Breda asking what was going on, as per Henri's untested version.

24 Oct 10:40

24 Oct 10:39
Murders took place before 4:24 according to cellphone records, agree it happened while you were asleep? Taljaard agrees.

24 Oct 10:39

24 Oct 10:33
Adv Megan Blows to cross-examine. Taljaard says there were contractors at house next door every day as it was under construction. 

24 Oct 10:33

24 Oct 10:30
Stephanie Op't Hof lived opposite the Van Breda home.

24 Oct 10:29

24 Oct 10:29
Friend came to ask her what was going on outside and Taljaard went to look. Saw ambulance and police parked in Goske Street.

24 Oct 10:27

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