Marli may never be able to explain what happened that night: report

By admin
23 February 2015

Marli van Breda's head injuries are so severe she may never be capable of describing what happened the night three members of her family were butchered in a brutal axe attack, according to a report.

Timeslive reports that police fear the 16-year-old may have suffered permanent brain damage, and not be able to give a statement on what happened.

'The big focus is on getting her better'

Almost a month ago, Marli's father Martin, mother Teresa and 22-year-old brother Rudi were killed in the attack at their home on De Zalze Estate in Stellenbosch. Marli's other brother, Henri (20) also survived the attack, sustaining only minor injuries.

According to the news site, without Marli's statement, investigators may have to rely only on evidence from the scene to find the family's killer.

Last week, media reports suggested the grade 11 pupil was showing signs of improvement, but family spokesperson Ben Rootman told The Citizen it would be irresponsible to speculate on Marli's health.

“She is showing signs of improvement on both sides of her body and also showing emotions,” he said.

“The big focus is on getting her better."

Family members have reportedly still not been allowed to visit Marli in hospital.

Henri, meanwhile, is staying with an uncle in Stellenbosch. “He is receiving constant counselling and is being monitored," Rootman said.


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