Van Breda trial: Officer denies misleading court

Advocate Pieter Botha has been cross-examining sergeant Adrian Kleynhans on day four of the murder trial in the WC High Court.

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

CAPE TOWN - The lawyer representing triple murder accused Henri van Breda has asked the first officer to arrive at the crime scene answer whether he purposely misled the court.

Van Breda is charged with killing his parents and older brother at their Stellenbosch home in January 2015.

Advocate Pieter Botha has been cross-examining Sergeant Adrian Kleynhans on day four of the murder trial in the Western Cape High Court.

The officer's statement, which describes the accused as both nervous and traumatised on the night his parents and brother were axed to death, is being scrutinised.

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Botha cross-examined Kleynhans on discrepancies in his statement on his emotional description of Van Breda when he arrived at the crime scene.

Kleynhans had said Van Breda was nervous and panic stricken when he found him outside the De Zalze home.

The sergeant battled to answer why he had described Van Breda like that in his statement and has admitted he made a mistake.

Kleynhans denied that he purposely misled the court with his description as he says it's human to forget as it's been more than two years since the triple murders.

CRIME TREND AT DE ZALZE

Botha said there were 190 crimes at the De Zalze Estate, including break-ins, over a 13-year period.

The defence advocate said there had been 24 break-ins at the estate from 2002 to 2015.

Botha also disputed Kleynhans' statement that it was “extremely difficult to access properties”.

Kleynhans replied by conceding it would have been possible for a thin intruder to gain entry via windows left partially open on the morning of the axe murders.

Traces of blood were found on the outside wall, below the bedroom windows that were ajar.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)