Van Breda walks judge through Stellenbosch murder site

Henri Van Breda kept his eyes lowered as he walked in the house with Judge Siraj Desai and his legal team.

Triple murder accused Henri van Breda leaves court. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Western Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai has carefully inspected the Stellenbosch home where it is alleged that Henri van Breda killed three family members.

Twenty-two-year-old van Breda is accused of axing to death his parents and older brother in January 2015.

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges as his trial got underway on Monday.

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Police officers and De Zalze security kept a tight ring around the media who were only allowed to view the 12 Goske Street house from the outside.

The property stayed on the market for a long time after the 2015 triple murders, but the house now has new owners.

Van Breda kept his eyes lowered as he walked in the house with Judge Siraj Desai and his legal team.

A metal tree of life is still hanging on the wall at the front entrance.

In his plea explanation, van Breda claims that a balaclava-clad man killed his family and he heard a second intruder speaking with an Afrikaans accent on the night that his family was slain.


A De Zalze resident says he finds it difficult to believe there may have been a security breach on the night three Van Breda family members were murdered.

Resident Steven Mitchell says he has been living in the De Zalze Estate for a decade and has never felt unsafe.

“The apparent conflict in having a very secure estate,we all know that there are no estates that are immune from entry, but undetectable entry is a different story. Anybody coming into the estate will be detected even though they may not be caught because there is very good security fence all the way around and now there are cameras.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)