AS IT HAPPENED: Henri was 'calm and confident' at medical examination

2017-05-22 09:58

The Van Breda murder trial continues at the Western Cape High Court for day 15 of the proceedings.

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22 May 12:27
Only one witness today. Court adjourned until tomorrow - see you at 10am! 

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22 May 12:11
Botha says Mrs Reade-Jahn had given him a transquiliser after he left the first time.

22 May 12:08
James Reade-Jahn had accompanied him to the hospital the first time. She had noted there was a smell of alcohol on his breath.

22 May 12:05
Her report was collected by police the next day. There is no note in her report that he conversed casually with the staff.

22 May 12:04
When she noted his demeanor, it was after police had informed her he was a possible suspect. He was brought in by the officers at 21:45.

22 May 12:02

Botha says Henri tells him the policeman who saw him that morning described him as very traumatised.

Albertse says he was very quiet. He was questioned by police, released and meet with family and friends, who say he was very emotional and teary.

Botha says he was traumatised until he went to the hospital.


22 May 12:00
Emotional status was he appeared calm. Dr Van Zyl noted that he appeared confident, answered questions with one word answers.

22 May 11:59
She didn't prescribe pain medication.

22 May 11:59
He was triaged, and brought him to me. He conversed casually with staff, she recalled. Not emotional. Pain scale - 7/10.

22 May 11:58
Dr Albertse noted bruise on his right knee. Dr Van Zfyl noted on the right. She could have made an error, she concedes.

22 May 11:56
Left forearm, she noted three scratch marks. Dr Albertse noted four. Dr Van Zyl says she possibly could have missed it the fourth one

22 May 11:54
When he was brought in the second time, police said he was a possible suspect in a murder case.

22 May 11:53
Adv Botha cross examining.

22 May 11:52

She explains that some wounds take a while to form. It can develop later because it wasn't too deep or too hard.

Dr Van Zyl says she saw no indication of concussion. She only examined his front.


22 May 11:50
She reported that both eyes were swollen, left was worse and skin had discoloured.

22 May 11:48
She had no idea what had happened that morning. She was asked to list his injuries.

22 May 11:47
The second time he wasn't so friendly, jovial when I saw him the first time. He was very formal. Still 100% orientated.

22 May 11:47
She discharged him and police asked her to see him again. She requested to complete a J88 form.

22 May 11:46
He came to the hospital himself , he was fully orientated of his surroundings. She stapled the wound as it wasn't deep enough for stitches. The "clips" simply bring the skin together.

22 May 11:44
Adv Botha says whatever Henri said to Dr Van Zyl during his visit would be confidential due to doctor-patient confidentiality.

22 May 11:42
She saw Henri van Breda at 20:25, he asked that one of his wounds be examined for possible stitches. He came in with a friend.

22 May 11:40
She was on duty on 27 January 2015.

22 May 11:39
Michelle van Zyl is a medical doctor specialising in emergency medicine.  She previously worked at Vergelegen Mediclinic.

22 May 11:38

Galloway explains the reason for delay, copy of evidence from witness was needed.

Judge Desai gets us underway with a warning to State Adv. Galloway to tell Adv. Botha when she has new evidence.


22 May 11:38
Michelle van Zyl will now testify.

22 May 10:41
Court is delayed. Will commence at 11:30.

22 May 10:07

22 May 10:01

22 May 09:58

Henri's wounds 'typical of self-inflicted injuries' - forensic specialist

The wounds Henri van Breda sustained the morning his parents and brother were murdered were superficial and typical of self-inflicted injuries, the Western Cape High Court heard on Thursday.


22 May 09:58
News24 journalist Tammy Petersen is reporting from the Western Cape High Court.

22 May 09:58
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