NPA confident of its case against triple murder accused Henri van Breda

The NPA's Eric Ntabazalila says Henri van Breda allegedly tampered with the crime scene.

Triple murder accused Henri van Breda leaves the Stellenbosch Magistrates Court on 14 June 2016 after being released on R100,000 bail. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it is convinced it has a strong case against triple murder accused Henri van Breda.

The 21-year-old is accused of hacking his parents and older brother to death with an axe in their De Zalze home in January last year.



He handed himself over to police yesterday and appeared in the Stellenbosch Magistrates Court today.

LISTEN: Update on van Breda case.

The NPA's Eric Ntabazalila says the suspect is facing three murder charges, an attempted murder charge and a charge of defeating the ends of justice.

Ntabazalila adds van Breda also allegedly tampered with the crime scene.

"Three murders, attempted murder and a charge of defeating the ends of justice in that he tampered with the crime scene."

It emerged in court for the first time today, that a kitchen knife was used along with an axe to commit the murders.

WATCH: Henri arrives in court.

Van Breda showed no emotion while standing in the dock as his legal team cited reasons why he should be granted bail of R100,000.

Bail was granted and the matter was postponed until 9 September in the Western Cape High Court.

STRICT BAIL CONDITIONS FOR HENRI

Van Breda will have to adhere to strict bail conditions until his pre-trial hearing in September.

His legal team argues he is not a flight risk, because police have had his passport for a while.

The 21-year-old will have to report to a police station twice a week on a Monday and a Friday.

He is not allowed to travel outside the Western Cape or go near any ports of entry.

Van Breda is also not allowed to communicate with any State witnesses.

It's not clear whether his sister Marli will testify.

She suffers from retrograde amnesia and reportedly still cannot remember details of the night her parents and older brother were murdered.