Henri van Breda’s injuries were ‘neat & parallel', court hears

The 22-year-old is accused of killing his parents and older brother, and severely injuring his younger sister in 2015.

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

CAPE TOWN - A forensic pathologist has found family axe murder accused Henri van Breda’s injuries were “neat and parallel”.

Doctor Marianne Tiemensma has told the Western Cape High Court several of Van Breda's injuries could have been self-inflicted.

The 22-year-old is accused of killing his parents and older brother, and severely injuring his younger sister in 2015.

Doctor Tiemensma has found that Van Breda's explanation of the attack does not correspond with the wounds he sustained.

The accused claims he was injured during a push-and-pull struggle with an axe-wielding intruder.

But the doctor questions why his wounds were equal in depth and parallel if he was involved in a scuffle.

The defence has told the court the attacker tried to slash the accused's throat with a knife, but he managed to deflect it.

The doctor has also told the court that the accused's wounds were very different to those sustained by his family and did not show any characteristics of being inflicted with the same force.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)