‘Henri van Breda must’ve been standing still to sustain his wounds’

Dr Marianne Tiemensma maintains the wounds on Van Breda's body appear self-inflicted.

FILE: Henri van Breda. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - A clinical forensic pathologist has testified that the only way an attacker could have inflicted the wounds suffered by Henri van Breda was if the family axe murder accused had stood still as he was assaulted.

On the witness stand in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday, Dr Marianne Tiemensma maintained that the wounds on Van Breda's body appeared self-inflicted.

The 22-year-old claims he was cut during a fight with an axe welding balaclava-clad intruder who had killed his parents and older brother and severely wounded his younger sister in their De Zalze home in Stellenbosch in January 2015.

Defense advocate Pieter Botha grilled Dr Tiemensma about her opinion on van Breda's wounds.

Botha also brought out the knife which van Breda claims the intruder used to attack him.

Tiemensma says the only way an attacker could've inflicted the wounds found on van Breda's body was if he had been standing still and allowed the criminal to make the cuts.

In van Breda's plea explanation, he says there was a tussle between him and an attacker who had an axe in one hand and a knife in the other.

Botha told the court Van Breda says the attacker tried to slash at his throat with the knife, but he managed to deflect it.

Tiemensma says the wounds don't correlate with this statement, as the cuts are horizontal.

She says the cuts on his arm also could not have been inflicted in the way Van Breda describes and it's more likely that they were self-inflicted.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)