Van Breda trial: Expert urges defence to retest DNA samples

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

Triple murder accused Henri van Breda. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A forensics expert has told the defence team of murder accused Henri van Breda to retest DNA samples found at the crime scene in the family home in De Zalze Estate.

Van Breda is on trial for the murders of his parents and older brother, and for the attempted murder of his younger sister.

The defence has argued the forensic team followed sub-standard procedures during the collecting and analysis of the DNA at the crime scene.

On Friday, Sharlene Otto, one of the police's top forensic analysts, suggested the defence retest all the samples her lab had tested.

This came after a gruelling cross-examination in which advocate Mathys Combrinck argued Otto's team did not follow the Standard Operating Procedure when conducting their work.

Otto maintained there were no contaminations in the DNA they'd analysed and loaded from the 216 that had been collected.

She insisted those working in the forensic science laboratory are "well trained and experts in their own right”.

She suggested to Combrinck that his team should retest the 216 samples at an independent lab as "a true test of every lab is if a different lab can get the same results”.

Otto quipped this would clear up the issues raised by the defence.

Van Breda is back in court on Monday when the trial resumes.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)