Henri van Breda maintains it was not he who murdered his family, but instead a masked attacker who burst into their Stellenbosch home.
FILE: Family axe murder accused Henri van Breda appears in the Western Cape High Court on 9 October 2017. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.
CAPE TOWN – Triple murder-accused Henri van Breda says he’s been going to counselling ever since the murder of his mother, father and brother.
He maintains it was not he who murdered his family, but instead a masked attacker who burst into their Stellenbosch home.
Van Breda began testimony in his own defence in his murder trial on Tuesday.
The 22-year old says he’s been seeing a therapist since the attack on his family.
He described on Tuesday how he tried to fight off the masked man whom he claims entered the family home and attacked his family.
The judge ruled on Monday that Van Breda’s testimony could be broadcast in real time despite concerns from the defence that his speech impediment might create the wrong impression of him.
At the beginning of her cross-examination, State’s Advocate Susan Galloway told Van Breda he hadn’t stuttered once since the start of his testimony.
That raised fierce objections from Van Breda’s counsel who argued his client has been concentrating very hard on speaking clearly without stuttering.
Galloway also asked Van Breda why he didn’t testify before the defence’s expert witnesses, something that was the subject of argument in court two weeks ago.
Van Breda responded that he was advised not to but that he had always wanted to tell his side of the story.
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)