Judge Siraj Desai inspects van Breda home

Henri van Breda is on trial for allegedly killing his parents and older brother at their home outside Stellenbosch in January 2015.

Western Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai & defence lawyer Pieter Botha look at the side of the de Zalze home where three van Breda family members were murdered. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai on Tuesday inspected the De Zalze home where three van Breda family members were murdered.

Henri van Breda is on trial for allegedly killing his parents and older brother at their home outside Stellenbosch in January 2015.

Several South African Police Service (SAPS) members monitored a large media contingency at 12 Goske Street.
Judge Desai was briefed on the layout of the house, while van Breda stood behind his lawyer with his back to the house.

He’s listened attentively as State prosecutor Susan Galloway described where the murder weapon was found in the house.

The 22-year-old pleaded not guilty to murdering his parents and older brother.

EVIDENCE

A post-mortem document, known as Exhibit K, details the autopsy results and what caused Martin, Theresa and their son Rudi’s deaths.

The autopsies were conducted two days after the bodies were found and it has been determined that all three family members died of unnatural causes due to head injuries.

The document details all the DNA evidence which was taken from Henri van Breda and placed in sealed forensic bags.

The various samples include his fingernail scrapings, blood and hair samples, a cheek swab as well as the bloodied clothing items he was wearing the morning the police were summoned to the De Zalze house.

This evidence is expected to play a critical role in van Breda's triple murder trial.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)