'DNA found under Van Breda's nails linked to that of murdered mom, brother'
Analyst Lieutenant Colonel Sharlene Otto also confirmed Henri Van Breda's DNA was found on the axe.
CAPE TOWN - The Van Breda murder trial is underway again, with a week-long focus on blood spatter and DNA evidence.
Henri van Breda is on trial for the murder of his parents and brother and the attempted murder of his sister.
The chief forensic analyst in the murder trial has spent the day running through DNA results of more than 200 samples taken from the crime scene.
An axe, a knife, and several items of clothing took centre stage in court on Monday.
Analyst Lieutenant Colonel Sharlene Otto is testifying for the state.
She painstakingly detailed results of testing on 216 samples taken from the crime scene.
She testified DNA found under the nails of Henri van Breda was linked to that of his murdered mother and brother Rudi.
Officials further linked the two victims together with Henri's DNA from a swab of the home's shower floor.
Otto is confident the positive link came from blood left behind in the shower.
Blood is less likely to be washed away with ordinary soap.
Otto also confirmed Henri Van Breda's DNA was found on the axe.
A knife found at the scene, however, contained only the DNA of Henri's older brother, Rudi.
#VanBreda Lieutenant Colonel Sharlene Otto going through the DNA samples taken from the crime scene where 3 Van Breda members were killed.IM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 7, 2017
#VanBreda DNA taken from van Breda's nail scrapings can be linked to his Parents and Brother's DNA. IM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 7, 2017
#VanBreda Otto: a swab taken from the shower floor can be linked to the DNA of Rudi (brother), Theresa (mother) and Henri (accused). IM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 7, 2017
#VanBreda Otto: Nail scrapings taken from the Martin (father) has been linked to the the DNA of Rudi (brother). IM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 7, 2017
(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)