Van Breda murder trial: Defence team ready to push ahead

The 21-year-old is accused of murdering his parents and older brother in their De Zalze Estate home in Stellenbosch in January 2015.

FILE: 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 – Family axe murder accused Henri van Breda's legal counsel says it's satisfied it has all the necessary documents to proceed with the trial.

The 21-year-old is accused of murdering his parents and older brother in their De Zalze Estate home in Stellenbosch in January 2015.

He is facing three counts of murder, one of attempted murder and another of attempting to defeat the ends of justice for allegedly tampering with the crime scene.

The State and the defence have agreed they will ask the presiding judge for an expert DNA assessor to be present during the trial.

The matter had been delayed for several months because the defence had difficulty obtaining the lengthy DNA reports.

This evidence is expected to play a crucial role in the trial.

The defence on Friday indicated that it will be interrogating the manner in which crime scene DNA was collected, stored and processed.

Van Breda's R100, 000 bail has been extended until the trial starts on the 27 March.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)