Lay witnesses to be called in Van Breda trial

Henri Van Breda is accused of the murder of his parents and older brother and the attempted murder of his younger sister in their Stellenbosch home in January 2015.

FILE: Triple murder accused, Henri van Breda, enters the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Two lay witnesses are expected to be called by the defence for family axe murder accused Henri van Breda today.

Van Breda is accused of the murder of his parents and older brother and the attempted murder of his younger sister in their Stellenbosch home in January 2015.

On Tuesday, Durban-based neurosurgeon Mike du Trevou delivered a short testimony on a report by defence expert, forensic pathologist Reggie Perumal and on Van Breda's version of events.

Dr du Trevou told the court that it's likely that Van Breda temporarily lost his memory on the night of the attack.

During cross-examination, prosecutor Susan Galloway mainly dealt with the accused's claim that he'd passed out for two hours and forty-five minutes.

Galloway also questioned the injuries to his older brother, Rudi van Breda, and the likelihood of him moving himself across the bedroom floor.

State witnesses have testified that he could've been dragged.

Du Trevou testified that the older brother could've moved himself, because his injuries indicate he didn't die immediately after the blows to his head.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)