Seasoned legal minds face each other in Van Breda court case

2016-06-14 13:47

WATCH: NPA explains why Van Breda arrest took so long

2016-06-14 13:51

Henri van Breda, 21, appeared in the Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court on Tuesday in connection with the killings of three members of his family. After the hearing, NPA spokesman Eric Ntabazalila explained the state's case. Watch. WATCH

Cape Town – Two seasoned advocates faced each other on Tuesday as Henri van Breda appeared in the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court to face charges relating to a fatal axe attack on his family.

Senior advocate Susan Galloway represented the State, while advocate Pieter Botha represented murder-accused Van Breda.

Both are no stranger to high-profile cases.

After a quick appearance in a court packed with journalists and curious members of the public, the 21-year-old was granted R100 000 bail.

The matter would head to the Western Cape High Court in September.

Galloway has previously led a number of prosecutions in murder trials.

When minibus taxi driver Jacob Humphreys went on trial in the same high court for killing 10 children, and the attempted murder of four others, Galloway argued that he should be jailed for life.

Humphreys’s vehicle was hit by a train at the Buttskop level crossing in Blackheath in 2010.

At the time, Galloway said she wanted to prove he had played "Russian Roulette" and foresaw the consequences of skipping through a closed level crossing.

He was sentenced to an effective 20 years in prison for murder.

The Supreme Court of Appeal later reduced the conviction to culpable homicide and he received an affective eight years’ imprisonment.

Galloway also represented the State in the murder case of performance artist Rosemary Theron’s in 2013 at her Clovelly home.

Her killers were sentenced in terms of plea agreements.

Theron’s daughter, Phoenix Racing Cloud Theron, is serving an effective 15 years in jail for the murder.

Her daughter’s ex-boyfriend, Kyle Maspero, is serving an effective 13 years in jail for helping to strangle Theron to death.

Botha assisted advocate Francois van Zyl in defending British businessman Shrien Dewani.

Dewani was accused of killing his wife Anni while on honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.

Botha’s booming voice and line of questioning during cross-examination were hard for some state experts to ignore.

Dewani was later discharged on a count of murder in the Western Cape High Court in 2014.

Botha also represented a wine estate manager who was accused of assaulting Flippie Engelbrecht, the teenage son of a farmworker. Robertson farm manager Wilhelm Treurnicht was later acquitted.

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