State witness pokes holes in Henri van Breda’s version of events

Captain Joubert told the court blood spatter stains on van Breda's shorts and socks contradict the accused's version of events.

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

CAPE TOWN - In the Van Breda family axe murder trial, the State's final witness has poked holes in the accused's version of events on the night his family was attacked.

Blood spatter expert Marius Joubert has told the Western Cape High Court the evidence does not support Henri Van Breda's statement.

Van Breda stands accused of the murder of his parents and older brother, and the attempted murder of his younger sister.

Captain Joubert told the court blood spatter stains on van Breda's shorts and socks contradict the accused's version of events.

Van Breda claims to have been standing in his bedroom when his mother was attacked in the passage, out of his view, but Joubert has indicated she must've been near him as the spatter couldn't have tratravelledat far.

The State witness has also noted blood samples found in a shower.

Van Breda only mentions standing at the bathroom door while a balaclava-clad attacker went into the room he shared with his older brother.

Joubert says he has not ruled out the possibility of the crime scene being staged.