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AS IT HAPPENED: Defence works to undermine State's #VanBreda case

Henri van Breda is back in the dock for closing arguments (Aljoscha Kohlstock, News24)
Henri van Breda is back in the dock for closing arguments (Aljoscha Kohlstock, News24)

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13 Feb 2018

Matter adjourns until tomorrow. Adv Botha is only 2/3 through. Adv Galloway will then reply.

13 Feb 2018

#VanBreda didn't wear a balaclava and gloves, Adv Botha says. Why was not a single bit of DNA found on any of his family members?

Postmortem findings - Dr Anthony agreed with Dr Perumal's report that it was likely Rudi could still move after assault, even if not purposeful. He may have pulled duvet, Adv Botha says. #VanBreda

13 Feb 2018

No DNA of Marli on axe, despite being hit 8 times with it, nor on #VanBreda. Reade-Jahn in court said the axe was not the one he had seen at the family home.

Judge Desai asks if you go to a braai, do you study the axe of your host?

13 Feb 2018

Judge Desai asks what is likelihood of an attacker entering the property with an axe?

13 Feb 2018

Judge Desai asks why there would be no trace of an intruder. Adv Botha says Lt Col Otto testified perpetrator would leave a trace, but not if he wore a balaclava or gloves.

Desai says there is no objective verification of an intruder.

13 Feb 2018

Debate on the location of blood splatter between Botha and Judge Desai

13 Feb 2018

Desai asks Botha to explain the lack of blood stains in the upper part of Henri's body
Desai asks Botha to explain the lack of blood stains in the
upper part of Henri's body

13 Feb 2018

Botha arguing that the State's DNA results were biased

13 Feb 2018

Question on a matter of record momentarily throws Botha from course, but he is soon back to full voice

13 Feb 2018

Evidence corroborates Henri's version of events, says Botha

13 Feb 2018

Henri admitted that he handled the axe after the crime, says Botha

13 Feb 2018

Botha has tackled security, DNA evidence and blood splatter – key evidence in the State's case against Henri van Breda
Botha has tackled security, DNA evidence and blood splatter –
key evidence in the State's case against Henri van Breda

13 Feb 2018

Blood from the axe dripped on Henri van Breda's heel, says Botha

13 Feb 2018

Botha argues that impact splatter evidence helps his case

13 Feb 2018

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13 Feb 2018

Lunch adjournment

13 Feb 2018

According to case law, you can't have regard to samples that have not been tested according to Standard Operating Procedures, Botha argues
According to case law, you can't have regard to samples that
have not been tested according to Standard Operating Procedures, Botha argues

13 Feb 2018

Botha says the DNA result was not scientifically sound

13 Feb 2018

The only thing that bothers me is that she could have simply rebutted the State's case, says Desai of Dr Antonel Olckers

13 Feb 2018

Why did your expert witness not test the samples herself and say that they are wrong?  

Desai tackles Dr Antonel Olckers  

Botha says her evidence was valuable

<p>Why did your expert witness not test the samples herself and
say that they are wrong?

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</p><p>Desai tackles Dr Antonel Olckers

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</p><p>Botha says her evidence was valuable

</p>

13 Feb 2018

Desai argues: Why would a neighbour who doesn't even know you, come to testify against you?  

Botha says he doesn't know why, except to say that it is there

13 Feb 2018

Desai says the neighbours may not have wanted to interfere in the Van Breda household "fight".  

"Where I grew up, everybody would rush out and join the fight"

13 Feb 2018

Judge Desai and Botha have mini debate on the neighbour's child who woke up at 04:00
Judge Desai and Botha have mini debate on the neighbour's child
who woke up at 04:00
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