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AS IT HAPPENED: #VanBreda had 'patchy memory' on morning of murders - neurologist

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Henri van Breda in the stand in the Western Cape High Court. (Tammy Petersen/News24)
Henri van Breda in the stand in the Western Cape High Court. (Tammy Petersen/News24)

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28 Nov 2017

Judge Desai to Dr Butler: "The court needs to accept one version - yours, or the accused's, or both. What must we do?" 

28 Nov 2017

Dr Butler: "I think he had a generalised tonic-clonic seizure..." 

"I think there's little doubt in my mind, just to make it abundantly clear about this, is that in February 2016, he definitely had a generalised tonic-clonic...or it's highly likely he had a generalised...I will only use the word 'definite' when I've got a video EEG running on somebody."  

28 Nov 2017

Advocate Galloway brings up Van Breda's medical history, which most of Dr Butler's comments stem from. Dr Butler responds that there are a number of factors at play and he's happy to run through them, but Judge Desai interrupts with a curt, "No, no, please don't." 

28 Nov 2017

Galloway: "One of the most common results of seizures is urinating?" 

Dr Butler: "Correct... or biting your tongue." 

28 Nov 2017

Dr Butler says some patients who potentially suffer from epilepsy without knowing have fobbed it off for decades with their own explanations, and often go untreated. 

28 Nov 2017

To clarify and simplify the different types of epilepsy, symptoms and seizures that may have been mentioned, Advocate Galloway refers to Internet definitions of epilepsy and poses questions to Dr Butler based around those. 

28 Nov 2017

Asked why he doesn't venture into what happens before the apparent seizure, Dr Butler replies: "I think there are far more competent people to comment on this." 

28 Nov 2017

Dr Butler: "I have not gone through with a fine-toothed comb the sequence of events prior to that..." 

Galloway: "So are you relying largely on what happened after the seizure?" 

Dr Butler: "Yes..." 

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