DNA analyst explains blood spatter at van Breda crime scene

A blood stain analyst has taken the court through the process for collecting DNA samples from the van Breda axe murder crime scene and how they were analysed.

The trial resumed in the Western Cape High Court on Monday, following a break of almost two months.

22-year-old Henri van Breda is accused of axing to death his parents and older brother at their De Zalze Estate home in Stellenbosch in January 2015.

Read: No fingerprints found on axe or wall, testifies Sergeant at van Beda crime scene

Lieutenant-Colonel Sharlene Otto is the 44th witness to be called to testify in the trial, reports EWN's Ilze Marie LeRoux.

Otto explained that she went through a list of 216 DNA samples for her forensic report.

She went through all the blood spatter. Blood that was found on the axe, on the clothing pieces and under Henri's nails.

Ilze Marie LeRoux, EWN reporter

Also read: Expert says van Breda's wounds self-inflicted and casts doubts on concussion

Some media houses have been granted permission to stream the court proceedings.

However, Judge Siraj Desai ruled that no live streaming will be allowed during the cross-examinations in the trial.

Take a listen to the EWN update:


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