Witness: Van Breda murder scene worst I’ve ever seen in 39-year career
A retired Stellenbosch paramedic says the crime scene at the Van Breda home was one of the worst he’s ever responded to.
CAPE TOWN - A retired Stellenbosch paramedic says the crime scene at the Van Breda home, where the family was attacked with an axe, was one of the worst he’s ever responded to.
Twenty-two-year-old Henri van Breda is accused of killing his parents and older brother and wounding his sister in January 2015, but he says an intruder is responsible.
The State has on Tuesday called veteran paramedic Christian Koegelenberg to the witness stand.
Koegelenberg’s testimony might have been the shortest of all the witnesses so far, but it was arguably one of the most powerful accounts of the Van Breda attack.
The retired paramedics says what he saw on the morning of 27 January 2015 was one of the worst incidents he’s ever attended to in his 39-year career as a paramedic.
Koegelenberg says the accused, Van Breda, sat outside number 12 Goske Street with a tiny dog, from the moment paramedics arrived at the house until they rushed his sister to the ambulance to take her to the hospital.
Prosecutor Megan Blows has questioned the witness on images of bloody footprints at the crime scene.
Koegelenberg says he asked a police officer to take pictures of the bodies before they moved Marli van Breda, and that the footprints belonged to the medics.
Outside court, he said the photos had brought back a flood of traumatic and unwanted memories from that day.
WATCH: Henri van Breda revisits crime scene for in loco inspection
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)