Uncle’s testimony reduces Henri van Breda to tears

Cornelius van Breda, the twin brother of the 22-year-old’s father, took the witness stand in the Western Cape High Court.

FILE: Slain van Breda family memorial service in Pretoria. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Murder accused Henri van Breda has broken down in tears as his uncle gave evidence in his trial.

Cornelius Andries van Breda known as Andre, the twin brother of the 22-year-old’s father, took the witness stand in the Western Cape High Court.

Henri Van Breda stands accused of the murder of his parents, Martin and Teresa, his brother Rudi, and for injuring his sister Marli, in an attack at their Stellenbosch home in January 2015.

Andre van Breda described his relationship with his twin brother, Martin, as close.

He says his brother had a loving and pleasant relationship with his wife and three children, adding they hardly had any disagreements.

When Van Breda recounted memories of family holidays in Knysna with Martin and his family, when they were younger, Henri van Breda wiped away tears.

The court heard the Van Breda family had emigrated to Australia in 2006, and moved back to South Africa in 2014.

The uncle says the family moved back because Teresa van Breda was unhappy and wanted to be close to her family.

‘GOOD’ CHILDREN

Henri van Breda's uncle has described him and his siblings as “good” children.

Andre van Breda has told the court Martin was an honest man who ran a financially stable business.

When asked by Judge Siraj Desai whether his brother may have had enemies, Van Breda said he did not as his transactions were all honest and upright.

Van Breda characterises the three children as well-behaved and intelligent.

Van Breda also recounted a visit to 12 Goske Street to pick up some of Marli’s belongings.

Henri was with them and apparently asked his relatives if he could have an expensive bottle of Japanese whisky he used to drink with his father and brother.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)