Legal team seeks to keep Henri van Breda from witness stand for now

Defence lawyer Pieter Botha has requested that the court allow him the option of calling his client to the witness stand at some stage in the trial.

FILE: Triple murder accused Henri van Breda in the Western Cape High Court on 24 April, 2017. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Henri van Breda’s legal team says that, at this stage, it will not be calling up the triple-murder accused to testify.

The court has heard arguments on Thursday on the defence’s application to have Van Breda give evidence.

The defence is expected to call their first witness on 9 October.

Defence lawyer Pieter Botha has requested that the court allow him the option of calling his client to the witness stand at some stage in the trial.

He told the court that the accused is expected to testify before other witnesses do unless he can present the court with good cause as to why he shouldn’t.

Midway through his argument, Botha told the court that at this stage, Van Breda will not give evidence.

Judge Siraj Desai has questioned the purpose of the application since Botha seems to have already made up his mind.

Prosecutor Susan Galloway has argued that if Van Breda is allowed to testify after the expert witnesses, he could change his version.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)