Court to hear closing arguments on admissibility of Van Breda's statement

The 22-year-old is accused of killing his parents and older brother and severely wounding his younger sister in their De Zalze home in Stellenbosch.

FILE: Murder accused Henri van Breda at the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – The trial of family axe murder accused Henri van Breda is expected to hear closing arguments on the admissibility of a police statement signed by the accused.

Defense Advocate Pieter Botha has argued that the statement his client made on the morning after the attack in January 2015 is inadmissible because his rights were not upheld.

The 22-year-old is accused of killing his parents and older brother and severely wounding his younger sister in their De Zalze home in Stellenbosch.

Defense Advocate Pieter Botha claims Van Breda was made to sit in a cold room, with only his boxers on, while being interrogated at the Stellenbosch police station on the morning after the attack.

He says Van Breda’s family and friends brought him clothes and food, but they were not allowed to give it to him.

The accused’s uncle, Andre du Toit, says when he saw his nephew later that day, he was wearing board shorts and a t-shirt, but it’s unclear where he got the clothes from.

Du Toit has also testified Van Breda was “very emotional” and wanted to stay close to his younger sister who was in a nearby hospital.