Shocking details emerge as State builds case against Henri van Breda

The NPA revealed DNA analysis proves blood found on van Breda belonged to his murdered family.

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

CAPE TOWN - The State believes DNA evidence will prove Henri van Breda killed his parents and his older brother with an axe.

The prosecution today revealed details of the case against the 21-year-old who handed himself over to police yesterday.

He's charged with the January 2015 murders at the De Zalze Golf Estate in Stellenbosch, as well as the attempted murder of his teenage sister and defeating the ends of justice for allegedly trying to mislead police.

WATCH: Henri van Breda arrives at court.

He was granted bail of R100,000 in the Stellenbosch Magistrates Court.

The prosecution revealed DNA analysis proves blood found on van Breda and his clothes belonged to his murdered parents and older brother.

Post-mortems show Martin, Teresa and Rudi Van Breda died due to head injuries.

LISTEN: Van Breda granted bail of R100,000.

The State claims an axe and a kitchen knife were used to commit the murders.

Both weapons were found at the scene.

Investigations have also found van Breda's wounds were allegedly self-inflicted and he had tampered with the crime scene before police arrived.

LISTEN: Van Breda calls the police in January 2015 to report the murders.


Van Breda's lawyer, Pieter Botha, has told the court his client has been co-operative with investigators.

Botha was part of Shrien Dewani's defence team who was acquitted of his wife's murder.

The lawyer has told the court van Breda has not absconded even though the incident took place more than 17 months ago.

He said the 21-year-old willingly handed himself over to police when police informed him of his client's imminent arrest.

WATCH: Henri hands himself over to police.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Eric Ntabazalila also told media outside court van Breda has been co-operative during the investigation.

The accused is expected to appear in the Western Cape High Court in September after his case has been transferred.

At the same time, the NPA in the Western Cape says it is confident the triple murder accused will adhere to his strict bail conditions.

"It's an assurance guarantee that the accused will be back in court since the incident happened. He has co-operated and not absconded. Whenever he has had to meet with investigating officers he has met with them."