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AS IT HAPPENED: #VanBreda defence witnesses 'mere speculation'

Henri van Breda. (Tammy Petersen, News24)
Henri van Breda. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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12 Feb 2018

#VanBreda set scene by injuring himself, tampering with the scene and gave misleading evidence to police, Galloway says. She concludes her arguments.

12 Feb 2018

Galloway says Henri tried to mislead the police; gave false testimony

12 Feb 2018

Galloway explains defeating the ends of justice
Galloway explains defeating the ends of justice

12 Feb 2018

Dr Antonel Olckers faced a tough time on the stand under cross-examination
Dr Antonel Olckers faced a tough time on the stand under
cross-examination

12 Feb 2018

There was no actual contamination in any of the evidence, says Galloway. She concedes some "mistakes"

12 Feb 2018

Dr Antonel Olckers obtained her PhD in molecular human genetics from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) with research performed at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, US.

12 Feb 2018

Dr Antonel Olckers does not qualify as an objective expert witness, says Galloway

12 Feb 2018

Judge Desai questions the role of Dr Antonel Olckers. Calls her a fault finder, and argues that she doesn't do the "most fundamental thing"
Judge Desai questions the role of Dr Antonel Olckers. Calls
her a fault finder, and argues that she doesn't do the "most fundamental
thing"

12 Feb 2018

Judge Desai and Advocate Galloway discuss reasons for "Henri wetting his pants"
Judge Desai and Advocate Galloway discuss reasons for "Henri
wetting his pants"

12 Feb 2018

Galloway concedes that Henri may suffer from epilepsy, but warns against the backdated the diagnosis

12 Feb 2018

Galloway arguing for dismissal of defence witness evidence
Galloway arguing for dismissal of defence witness evidence

12 Feb 2018

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12 Feb 2018

Jansen interviewed family, friends and "key figures with insight"."

They paint a picture of parents who had been perplexed with their difficult 'loner' child," said Jansen, adding that Henri's drug addiction apparently led to "great discord" in the house and he was apparently angry at his parents who favoured his brother, Rudi, over him.

12 Feb 2018

Journalist Julian Jansen was one of the first journalists on the scene and has been covering the case for Rapport.  

His book, The De Zalze Murders, "tells the story behind the newspaper headlines", offering insights that have not yet been publicly heard and highlighting the human side of the tragedy.  

"The Van Bredas of Stellenbosch were apparently the perfect family - rich, successful and popular. In the luxurious De Zalze estate they have a dream life. And then everything changes in an instant," he said.

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12 Feb 2018

On his final day in the witness stand, neurologist Dr James Butler said it was possible that Van Breda had committed the murders before suffering an epileptic seizure, which could explain why there was a two-hour-and-40-minute lapse before he phoned emergency services.

During cross-examination, Butler agreed that it was more probable that the possibly self-inflicted injuries would have occurred after the murders, but before the seizure and postictal state (recovery period after a seizure).

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12 Feb 2018

Marli van Breda asks not to be made available to brother's defence team, court hears

Marli van Breda has indicated to the State that she would not want to be made available to the defence, the Western Cape High Court heard

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12 Feb 2018

Van Breda trial: What the State witnesses said

Henri van Breda claimed that after a fight with the axe-wielding intruder, who was also armed with a knife, the man escaped.Here is a wrap of the State’s case.

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12 Feb 2018

Martin (54) and Teresa (55), and Rudi van Breda (22), were hacked to death in the early hours of January 27, 2015 on the luxurious De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate outside Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. Marli (18) survived the attack but has diagnosed with amnesia.
Martin (54) and Teresa (55), and Rudi van Breda (22), were
hacked to death in the early hours of January 27, 2015 on the luxurious De
Zalze Winelands Golf Estate outside Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. Marli
(18) survived the attack but has diagnosed with amnesia.

12 Feb 2018

Desai has been a judge for more than 20 years and was born in Salt River, Cape Town.  

Desai was shortlisted for the position of Public Protector which went to Busisiwe Mkhwebane 

Judge Desai's notable cases:  

Murder trial of Najwa Petersen, who was handed a 28-year prison sentence in 2009 for her role in the murder of her husband, music legend Taliep Petersen.  

Trial of 14-year-old Valencia Farmer's killers. She was raped and stabbed 53 times in 1999.  

Desai led the post mortem investigation after former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronjé died in an airplane crash in 2002.

<p>Desai has been a judge for more than 20 years and was born
in Salt River, Cape Town.

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</p><p>Desai was shortlisted for the position of Public Protector
which went to Busisiwe Mkhwebane&nbsp;

<br /></p><p><strong>Judge Desai's notable cases:</strong>

&nbsp;

</p><p>Murder trial of Najwa Petersen, who was handed a 28-year
prison sentence in 2009 for her role in the murder of her husband, music legend
Taliep Petersen.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Trial of 14-year-old Valencia Farmer's killers. She was
raped and stabbed 53 times in 1999.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Desai led the post mortem investigation after former South
African cricket captain Hansie Cronjé died in an airplane crash in 2002.

</p>

12 Feb 2018

Judge Desai adjourns the matter

12 Feb 2018

Desai asks about Dr Antonel Olckers' testimony – she criticised the evidence, but did not test the samples

12 Feb 2018

Henri not only spoke slowly, but remained calm and unemotional during the call and contact with emergency responders

12 Feb 2018

The credibility of the accused is of the utmost importance. – Galloway questions Henri van Breda's medical condition

12 Feb 2018

Galloway says Henri van Breda "never lost consciousness" before or after the incident

12 Feb 2018

Galloway hammers the defence on the "burden" of irrelevant and inconsequential evidence

12 Feb 2018

No evidence of rebuttal was ever submitted

12 Feb 2018

State witnesses were harshly criticised

12 Feb 2018

Galloway emphasises the differences between Henri and the rest of his family's injuries and their severity

12 Feb 2018

"Impression left by the accused was a poor one" – Galloway on Henri van Breda testimony

12 Feb 2018

Henri struggled to explain his actions under cross-examination, says Galloway
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