Court to hear more details on wounds sustained by Henri van Breda

A forensic expert has testified in the Western Cape High court last week that several of Van Breda's injuries could have been self-inflicted.

Triple murder accused Henri van Breda enters the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Evidence pertaining to the wounds that triple axe murder accused Henri van Breda sustained during the attack at his family home, will continue to be scrutinised this week.

A forensic expert testified in the Western Cape High court last week that several of Van Breda's injuries could have been self-inflicted.

The accused allegedly killed his parents and older brother and attempted to murder his younger sister at their De Zalze home in Stellenbosch in January 2015.

He, however, claims an axe-wielding intruder is behind the attack on his family.

Doctor Marianne Tiemensma has found that besides wounds to his back, leg and head, the other injuries Van Breda sustained during the attack were superficial and possibly self-inflicted.

Tiemensma also found that some of his injuries were equal in depth and avoided sensitive areas.

The doctor testified that Marli van Breda had what appeared to be a sharp force injury to the wrist.

This, Tiemensma says, is a typical defence injury.

She says bruising to the back of the teenager’s hands were possibly sustained as she tried to fight back.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)