Cameras in court as Henri van Breda murder trial resumes

The 22-year-old is accused of axing to death his parents and older brother at their De Zalze Estate home in Stellenbosch in January 2015.

FILE: Henri van Breda shifted to the back of the stand to avoid seeing photos of his family’s bloodied bodies. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Family axe murder accused Henri van Breda’s trial resumes in the Western Cape High Court on Monday, with live-streaming from the courtroom.

The 22-year-old is accused of axing to death his parents and older brother at their De Zalze Estate home in Stellenbosch in January 2015.

Van Breda is also charged with the attempted murder of his teenage sister and defeating the ends of justice for allegedly tampering with the crime scene.

Judge Siraj Desai had earlier this year stated he had no objection to filming court proceedings.

But Van Breda’s legal team headed to the Supreme Court of Appeal to prevent the live-streaming of the trial.

The appeal was unsuccessful.

Desai has laid down rules for cameras in court.

Objections will be considered if a witness or the accused objects to it and the cameras must be stationary and will not be manned.

The cameras will also stop recording when the accused’s sister Marli van Breda takes the stand.