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.

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