Henri van Breda Found Guilty
May 21, 2018
Henri van Breda has been found guilty of three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in the Western Cape High Court today. Henri is guilty of savagely hacking to death his father Martin, his mother Teresa and his brother Rudi, and attempting to kill his sister Marli, at their luxury De Zalze Estate home in Stellenbosch on January 27, 2015. He has also been found guilty of obstructing the ends of justice.
Judge Siraj Desai concluded his judgment on Monday afternoon saying: “The court finds that there is no credible evidence that an intruder entered the estate and the house that night. He was fully conscious and responsible for his actions for the period before any alleged seizure took place. The accused was the perpetrator of the crime as the only reasonable finding.
“The cumulative effect completes the puzzle there is only one reasonable inference even if the court were to ignore the DNA evidence, the court finds that the accused had sufficient time to tamper with the scene. In the absence of any intruder, the only reasonable inference is that the accused wanted to mislead the police and the court and staged the scene,” said Desai.
He said, the result is difficult to say as a family man, the accused has been found guilty of every single count.
The judge withdrew bail and ruled that Henri be remanded into custody, at the hospital section of Pollsmoor prison, on condition he provides medical evidence of his illness.
Talking through his judgment, Desai said at the beginning he would only present a summary of the events by prior arrangement with the defence and the prosecution.
Read the rest of the story and the judgement HERE