NPA: 141 witnesses to be called in Van Breda murder case

Alleged axe murderer Henri van Breda appeared in court today for a pre-trial conference.

FILE: 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 there are 141 state witnesses in the case against alleged axe murderer Henri van Breda.

The 21-year-old appeared in court today for a pre-trial conference.

The State has been granted a postponement until Novembe r because they are not yet ready to go to trial.

During his brief court appearance, Van Breda, stared straight ahead of him with a blank expression.

He maintained this, even when a throng of photographers and journalists surrounded him as he left the court.

The NPA's Eric Ntabazilila says: "We do have a case, there's a prima facie case against the accused and obviously he's still innocent until proven guilty."

Ntabazilila says more details have emerged about how Van Breda's parents and older brother were killed.

"Now we know that the deceased, along with the survivor, Marli, were hit several times with an axe on the head."

The pre-trial hearing will resume on 18 November.