'Blood ran down the stairs like a waterfall'

A retired paramedic says even two years after responding to the murders of three members of the van Breda family he's still traumatised by what he saw.

Triple murder accused Henri van Breda in the Western Cape High Court on 24 April, 2017. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A retired paramedic says even two years after responding to the murders of three members of the van Breda family he's still traumatised by what he saw.

The State on Tuesday called Christiaan Koegelenberg as a witness in the murder trial of Henri van Breda. He is accused of killing his parents and brother, and seriously injuring his sister in early 2015.

Koegelenberg badly needed a smoke after his testimony outside the Western Cape High Court.

Koegelenberg, who's been in the emergency services for 39 years, told Eyewitness News that his testimony had brought up memories that he has been trying to get over.

“When the body was moved, blood ran down the stairs like a waterfall. That is what got me again ... it hit me hard.”

He has described the crime scene at the Van Breda home where the family was attacked as one of the worst he's ever responded to.

The State asked him to go through what he saw in detail, referring to photos taken at the crime scene.

Koegelenberg said when he saw Marli van Breda was still alive, he and another paramedic rushed her to a hospital where she received further treatment.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)