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An alternative witness is set to take the stand in the Western Cape High Court in the Van Breda murder trial due to State witness Captain Marius Joubert falling ill.
The #VanBreda trial will resume on Tuesday with an alternative witness taking to the stand.— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) August 14, 2017
The #VanBreda trial will resume on Tuesday with an alternative witness taking to the stand.
Today's witness, blood spatter expert Captain Marius Joubert, has taken ill. He will be available for #VanBreda trial next week, State says.— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) August 14, 2017
Today's witness, blood spatter expert Captain Marius Joubert, has taken ill. He will be available for #VanBreda trial next week, State says.
Blood spatter analysis expected to be in the spotlight when Henri #VanBreda's triple murder trial resumes this morning. pic.twitter.com/4xi1H70X9j— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) August 14, 2017
Blood spatter analysis expected to be in the spotlight when Henri #VanBreda's triple murder trial resumes this morning. pic.twitter.com/4xi1H70X9j
No Van Breda murder samples contaminated – chief forensic analyst
Although it seemed as though all standard operating procedures were not adhered to, the samples collected from the Van Breda triple murder scene were not contaminated, chief forensic analyst Lieutenant Colonel Sharlene Otto told the Western Cape High Court on Friday.
Murder accused Henri van Breda’s defence attorney Advocate Matthys Combrink produced photos of the laboratory at the time samples were tested which showed staff not wearing shoe covers, as required in its standard operating procedures.
Otto conceded that processes appeared to not have been followed, but insisted that if contamination had taken place, the person’s DNA would have been found in the sample results.
AS IT HAPPENED: Van Breda defence attempts to discredit forensic expert
The case against Henri Van Breda for allegedly killing his two parents, brother, and wounding his sister with an axe has resumed in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town.
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