Henri van Breda trial likely to start in February 2017

The 21-year-old is accused of killing his parents and older brother at their home in Stellenbosch.

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 trial of axe murder accused Henri van Breda looks set to begin in February.

Van Breda appeared briefly in court yesterday on charges of murder and attempted murder.

The 21-year-old is accused of killing his parents and older brother at their home in Stellenbosch in January last year.

A provisional trial date has been set for alleged family killer.

Judge Elize Steyn yesterday told the court the trial is likely to take place on 6 February 2017.

The pre-trial conference has been postponed to November because there are still outstanding reports needed by the prosecution and the defence.

Meanwhile, two briefcases were stolen from Van Breda's lawyer's vehicle after his court appearance, but it's unclear what was inside.

Police have confirmed the theft does not affect the case docket as it is in the possession of the National Prosecuting Authority.