Van Breda: Blood stain analyst to testify as murder trial resumes

Following a break of almost two months, Van Breda is back in the dock, this time under the glare of video cameras.

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

CAPE TOWN – The State will call more witnesses as the trial of family axe murder accused Henri van Breda resumes in the Western Cape High Court.

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.

His sister Marli was severely wounded in the attack and is expected to take the stand as the trial progresses.

Following a break of almost two months, Van Breda is back in the dock, this time under the glare of video cameras.

Permission has been granted for the trial to be live-streamed.

On Monday, the State is expected to call a blood stain analyst.

The testimony will be crucial as forensic evidence based on DNA including blood and hair samples found at the crime scene will be interrogated.

The blood stain analyst is expected to detail whose blood was found where on the morning of the attack.

The prosecution has to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Van Breda committed the murders.