Van Breda’s legal team aims to strengthen ‘intruder’ argument

The defence called up two witnesses on Tuesday, a former De Zalze resident and an electrical fencing expert.

FILE: Family axe murder accused Henri van Breda in the Western Cape High Court on 9 October 2017. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Family axe murder accused Henri van Breda's legal team will be attempting to strengthen its "intruder" argument on Wednesday.

The defence called up two witnesses on Tuesday, a former De Zalze resident and an electrical fencing expert.

Van Breda is accused of the murder of his parents and brother and the attempted murder of his sister in their Stellenbosch home in 2015. However, he claims that balaclava-clad intruders are responsible.

Charl Rabie, who owns an electrical fence business, on Tuesday told the court that there were several ways to bypass security at the De Zalze estate.

Rabie said that there were various methods an intruder could've used to get through without getting shocked.
He added the shock from touching the fence was not deadly.

Defence Advocate Pieter Botha said he would be calling up another witness to give further testimony related to the fence.

The defence's case rests heavily on these testimonies to support Van Breda's claim that at least two men broke into the house.