Van Breda: Crime scene investigator to be cross-examined
Henri Van Breda is accused of killing his parents and older brother while seriously injuring his younger sister two years ago.
CAPE TOWN - The crime scene investigator in the Van Breda family murder case is expected to be cross-examined in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.
Warrant Officer Andre Hitchcock told the court last week that police spent about three weeks collecting DNA and blood samples from the scene.
Henri van Breda is accused of killing his parents and older brother while seriously injuring his younger sister two years ago.
Crime scene investigator Andre Hitchcock is expected to be grilled on the witness stand today, following his testimony last week.
Defence advocate Pieter Botha peppered Hitchcock with questions about the types of samples police collected from the crime scene.
The defence had two of its applications dismissed by Judge Siraj Desai last week.
Desai ruled that the initial statement that Henri Van Breda made to police on 27 January 2015 be admissible, despite the defence arguing against this.
The defence also made a request to bar the press from publishing details of the post-mortem report conducted on the deceased Van Breda family members.
However, the judge ruled that the media is allowed to publish the report but requested that it be done with the necessary sensitivity.