Van Breda to know his fate in May

2018-03-27 11:05
Murder accused Henri van Breda appears in court. (Aljoscha Kohlstock, News24, file)

Murder accused Henri van Breda appears in court. (Aljoscha Kohlstock, News24, file)

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Triple murder accused Henri van Breda will wait another month before hearing his fate in the Western Cape High Court.

Judge Mushtak Parker on Tuesday confirmed that judgment would now be heard on May 21, when Judge Siraj Desai will deliver his verdict.

It was originally set for April 23. No reason was given for the postponement.

READ: Judgment in Van Breda trial to be postponed

Western Cape National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila confirmed on Monday that the 23-year-old accused would appear for a postponement to a later date.

Van Breda pleaded not guilty to axing his parents and brother to death, seriously injuring his sister Marli, and defeating the ends of justice.

Arguments

He alleged that an intruder, wearing a balaclava, gloves and dark clothing, was behind the attack, and that he had heard other voices of people speaking Afrikaans in the family's Stellenbosch home in January 2015.

Van Breda claimed that, after a fight with the axe-wielding intruder who was also armed with a knife, the man had fled their home situated in the centre of the lavish De Zalze Golf Estate.

Defence advocate Pieter Botha, in closing arguments, insisted that the totality of the evidence against his client did not exclude the possibility of an unknown assailant.

He said the State had not produced evidence which proved beyond a reasonable doubt that there were no unidentified attackers in the Van Breda home that day.

Prosecutor Susan Galloway argued that there was no motive for someone, such as a hitman, to go to the Van Breda family's home and commit the crime.

She argued that circumstantial evidence pointed to the Van Breda couple's middle child being the attacker and that his injuries were self-inflicted, or inflicted by his family members during the attack.  

The attack would also have been premeditated, as Van Breda would have had to arm himself before making his way to the second floor of the house to execute the murders.

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