This could be Henri’s last Christmas at home

2017-12-21 13:50
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This time next year he could be behind bars.

Triple-murder accused Henri van Breda (23) will find out his fate early next year.

Henri’s trial for the brutal murder of his parents and brother will be finalised in the high court in Cape Town on 12 February.

Judge Siraj Desai will listen to the closing arguments of the state and the defence and is expected to deliver a closing statement of his own.

Harrowing court proceedings dragged on for more than 60 days in Court Room 1.

Henri stands accused of axing his father, Martin (54), mother, Teresa (55), and brother, Rudi (22), to death at their home on the De Zalze estate outside Stellenbosch on 27 January 2015. He’s also been charged with the attack on his sister, Marli (then 16), who miraculously survived. Henri alleges that two men broke into the house and carried out the gruesome murders.

 According to William Booth, a Cape attorney, the court will find Henri guilty if there’s no way to verify his version of events.

Should the court find him guilty of premeditated murder he can expect to be sentenced to life in prison. If not premeditated, he’ll likely be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, but that also depends on other mitigating factors.

In the meantime, Henri and his girlfriend of the past two years, Daniellé Janse van Rensburg (22), have moved out of their rented home in Muizenberg and are now living in Wynberg, a residential area in Cape Town’s southern suburbs.

Henri is currently visiting Marli’s guardians, his uncle and aunt Andre and Sonja du Toit, in the Boland while Marli is in Gauteng with family. Marli has been living with the Du Toits since the incident and apparently doesn’t remember anything about the fateful night.

According to the conditions of his bail, Henri and Marli may not have any contact with each other and he may not leave the Western Cape.

 

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