Van Breda docket stolen from lawyer's car

2016-09-09 16:19
Henri van Breda (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Henri van Breda (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - A copy of a police investigation docket on the Van Breda family murders was stolen from an attorney's car in Green Point on Friday morning.

Henri van Breda has been charged with the murder of his parents and brother at the exclusive De Zalze golf estate in Stellenbosch last year. 

Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said a case of theft from a motor vehicle was being investigated by the Sea Point police.

Traut confirmed that two briefcases had been stolen from the car which had been parked at a gym in Green Point on Friday morning.

"The identity of the complainant or the contents of the briefcases cannot be disclosed," he said.

The vehicle belongs to Van Breda’s lawyer, Lorinda van Niekerk.

Traut said the police case docket regarding the De Zalze murders was in the possession of the National Prosecuting Authority and had not been affected by the theft.   

NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila confirmed this. "We do have the original. [The theft] doesn't have any impact on the case."

Van Niekerk told News24 that a laptop and the two bags had been stolen from the boot of the vehicle.

"[My] mobile phone and wallet, that were also in the vehicle, were left behind," she said.

The incident took place before Van Breda appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Friday for a pre-trial conference.

He has been charged with three counts of murder, one of attempted murder, and defeating the ends of justice.

Copies of the docket information were still in her possession, Van Niekerk added.

The matter was postponed to November 18.

The trial date has provisionally been set for February 6.

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