Analyst: No foreign DNA found at Van Breda crime scene

Henri van Breda murder trial resumed on Monday after a two-month hiatus and will focus this week on DNA and blood spatter testimony.

FILE: Triple murder accused Henri van Breda in the Western Cape High Court on 27 March 2017. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The chief forensic analyst in the Henri van Breda murder trial says that the only DNA found at the crime scene belonged to members of the family.

Henri van Breda is on trial for the murder of his parents and older brother, and the attempted murder of his sister.

The trial resumed on Monday after a two-month hiatus and will focus this week on DNA and blood spatter testimony.

Forensic analyst Sharlene Otto is on the stand, testifying for the State.

On Monday, she methodically worked through the DNA samples taken at the scene of the crime.

She explained to the court whose DNA had been found where.

DNA found under Henri van Breda’s finger nails were from his mother and brother.

Henri’s DNA was found on the axe used in the attack and his brother’s on the knife.

Otto stated that no foreign DNA was detected on any of the 216 pieces they had tested.

In Van Breda’s plea explanation, he claims that at least two intruders gained entry to the house and killed his parents and brother using the axe in question.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)