Van Breda spends birthday testifying in family axe murders

Murder accused Henri van Breda has taken the stand again on Wednesday at the Western Cape High Court.

Van Breda gave testimony on Tuesday about the evening his parents and brother were killed by an axe. He maintains he did not commit the murders and that an attacker entered his home, killing three members of his family and injuring his sister.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter, says on Wednesday morning, Prosecutor Susan Galloway who began Van Breda's cross-examination on Tuesday, brought along a wooden replica of the axe that was used in the attack, asking him to demonstrate to the court the way in which the alleged attacker harmed the victims.

He had the axe in his hand and showed how the attacker hit his brother repeatedly with the weapon. It was a top down motion. With his father, it began with a swinging motion later changing to a top down motion.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

Mortlock reports that Van Breda told the courts that during the attacks he stood in a corner in a room while in his police statement he said he had been in the bathroom, contradicting himself.

Morlock goes on to say Galloway is attempting to poke as many holes as she can to his testimony. She says the prosecutor also highlighted new details added to Van Breda's testimony, which he had earlier omitted in his plea and police statement.

These are the discrepancies Galloway has brought to the court's attention.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

Some journalists have noted a change in Van Breda's tone and voice, he's a lot more louder and assertive and appears more confident than he did on Tuesday.

Mortlock also adds that Van Breda's birthday is on Wednesday.

Take a listen:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Emotional Henri van Breda says 'my family was very close'

Emotional Henri van Breda says 'my family was very close'

EWN reporter Monique Mortlock explains how Van Breda described his close family and the details of the night of the attack

Why Henri van Breda wants cameras off in court before taking the stand

Why Henri van Breda wants cameras off in court before taking the stand

Triple murder accused Henri van Breda has decided to testify in his trial, and has asked that his testimony not be broadcast live.

Expert says Van Breda could have passed out on night of attack

Expert says Van Breda could have passed out on night of attack

EWN reporter Monique Mortlock says neurosurgeon testifies its plausible Van Breda could have passed out and lost partial memory.

Van Breda defence tears DNA evidence to shreds

Van Breda defence tears DNA evidence to shreds

Hendri Van Breda is on trial for the murder of his parents and older brother, and the attempted murder of his younger sister.

Van Breda will not testify in murder trial

Van Breda will not testify in murder trial

Public law lecturer Kelly Phelps says while all accused have a right to remain silent, sometimes the testimony may be necessary.

Court to hear why Van Breda's witnesses should take stand before him

Court to hear why Van Breda's witnesses should take stand before him

State prosecution has argued that Van Breda could amend his version of events if his expert witnesses testify before him.

Van Breda Trial: Defence to call witnesses

Van Breda Trial: Defence to call witnesses

EWN reporter Monique Mortlock gives the latest news on the Henri van Breda trial.

Blood spatter expert reveals chilling evidence in Van Breda murder case

Blood spatter expert reveals chilling evidence in Van Breda murder case

Today marks day 37 of the van Breda murder case. The blood spatter analyst, Captain Marius Joubert took the stand.

DNA analyst explains blood spatter at van Breda crime scene

DNA analyst explains blood spatter at van Breda crime scene

Over 200 DNA samples were taken from the scene where three members of van Breda's family were killed in 2015, EWN reports.

Supreme Court of Appeal opposes van Breda trial live-streaming

Supreme Court of Appeal opposes van Breda trial live-streaming

Judge Desai refused Van Breda leave to appeal his decision allowing Media24 permission to live stream the trial so he went to SCA.

Popular articles
'I got retrenched and it took a toll on my relationship' - on money and intimacy

'I got retrenched and it took a toll on my relationship' - on money and intimacy

Money is one of the top causes of relationship fights and divorce. Dr Eve and callers discuss how it can affect sexual intimacy.

Icasa's Rubben Mohlaloga to appeal 20 year sentence for fraud, money-laundering

Icasa's Rubben Mohlaloga to appeal 20 year sentence for fraud, money-laundering

He was sentenced alongside former acting head of the Land Bank Philemon Mohlahlane and attorney Dinga Rammy Nkwashu.

Men become creative to escape Valentine's Day #MenConference2019

Men become creative to escape Valentine's Day #MenConference2019

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Dr Adriana Marais was on her way to the Red Planet. Then Mars One collapsed

Dr Adriana Marais was on her way to the Red Planet. Then Mars One collapsed

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Marais, a quantum biology researcher with dreams to live on Mars.

'Get ready for tax levy to save Eskom, because the money is simply not there'

'Get ready for tax levy to save Eskom, because the money is simply not there'

Eskom has so much debt it threatens to break South Africa. Bruce Whitfield interviews Dr Adrian Saville of Cannon Asset Managers.

Eskom paid R300 billion (and counting) for 2 deeply flawed coal-fired dinosaurs

Eskom paid R300 billion (and counting) for 2 deeply flawed coal-fired dinosaurs

Litigation will follow, says Minister Gordhan. Business Day’s Carol Paton on his inquiry into the failing Medupi and Kusile.

South Africa just became the world’s hottest destination for oil exploration

South Africa just became the world’s hottest destination for oil exploration

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Stephen Larkin, CEO at Africa New Energies.