AS IT HAPPENED: I want to get on with my life - Desai in Henri #VanBreda trial

2017-11-14 09:50

The defence in the Henri van Breda murder trial is expected to call Dr James Butler as a witness after Van Breda was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.

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Ms Elspeth Burke is a clinical psychologist and has rooms in Tokai, Cape Town

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Martin (54) and Teresa (55), and Rudi van Breda (22), were hacked to death in the early hours of January 27, 2015 on the luxurious De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate outside Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. Marli (18) survived the attack but has been diagnosed with amnesia.

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Judge Siraj Desai is hearing the case  

Desai has been a judge for more than 20 years and was born in Salt River, Cape Town.  

Desai was shortlisted for the position of Public Protector which went to Busisiwe Mkhwebane


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The ties that bind: Henri van Breda and that 'Starry Night'

In the almost 60 days he has been on trial for allegedly axing his family to death, Henri van Breda has quite often arrived at the Western Cape High Court wearing a tie depicting Vincent van Gogh's iconic painting Starry Night.


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Judge Desai's notable cases:  

Murder trial of Najwa Petersen, who was handed a 28-year prison sentence in 2009 for her role in the murder of her husband, music legend Taliep Petersen.  

Trial of 14-year-old Valencia Farmer's killers. She was raped and stabbed 53 times in 1999.  

Desai led the post mortem investigation after former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronjé died in an airplane crash in 2002.


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Henri van Breda accused of 'selective memory loss'

The State on Monday accused Henri van Breda of having selective memory loss, especially with regard to incriminating evidence against him.


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Henri van Breda spends weekend in hospital after seizure

Triple murder accused Henri van Breda spent the weekend undergoing tests at a Cape Town hospital after he had a seizure on November 8, his defence lawyer told the Western Cape High Court.


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Dr Butler serves on the Western Cape board of Epilepsy South Africa

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Dr James Butler is a neurologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg in Cape Town  

"Bad memories - like post-traumatic stress disorder - can destroy people's lives if they hold on to them," Dr Butler said in 2012.


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It is expected that expert neurologist Dr James Butler will testify on Day 60 of the Henri van Breda trial

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