Defence: State has failed to prove that Van Breda killed his family

Murder accused Henri van Breda’s legal team presented its closing arguments in the Western Cape high Court on Tuesday following the State's wrap up on Monday.

Van Breda's defence team has argued that the State has failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt that the young man is behind the murder of his family.

The 23-year-old is accused of killing his parents and older brother and attacking his younger sister at their Stellenbosch home in January 2015.

EWN reporter Monique Mortlock says advocate Pieter Botha argued that the State has not brought any eyewitnesses or direct evidence to implicate Van Breda.

He went on to say that the prosecution’s entire case hinges on circumstantial evidence and is of poor quality therefore it should not be relied upon.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

He also said that Van Breda has been a very good witness who's version has been quite consistent throughout the trial

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

Judgment is expected to be delivered in March 2018.

To hear more of this report by EWN Monique Mortlock, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Defence: State has failed to prove that Van Breda killed his family


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