Van Breda's defence flags inconsistencies in officer's statement

The legal team representing triple murder accused Henri van Breda has pointed out inconsistencies in officer, Sergeant Adrian Kleynhans examination of the family home.

Advocate Pieter Botha has been cross-examining the first responding officer.

He claims, Kleynhans who was the first officer to arrive at the crime scene, missed blood stains in and around the home.

Kleynhans has admitted he doesn't have a good memory and that he may have made a few mistakes in his initial statement. One of these includes his description of the then emotional state of the accused.

Monique Mortlock has been following court proceedings.

Kleynhans conceded that advocate Pieter Botha was correct in stating that because the incident took place a couple of years ago that there may be some details that the sergeant gave incorrectly when he gave his initial statement.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

Some of the things he conceded were factually incorrect is the fact that he initially stated that there could have been no way that anyone could have entered the property because when he got there the door was slightly ajar and he had to push it open using his elbow, and he didn't see any signs of forced entry.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

And then advocate Botha said when we inspected the property last week we proved the point that access can be gained either by scaling the walls or the various other walls around the surrounding houses near the house where the crime had taken place.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

The defence claims that they zoomed in on some of the pictures taken at the crime scene, and they found that there were blood splatters on the wall that Henry had pointed out apparently on the day but no one saw it.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

Kleynhans denied that he purposely misled the court and says it's human to forget as it's been more than two years since the triple murder.

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