[ALERT] Henri van Breda to testify in his murder trial

Earlier in the trial, the defence said he will not be testifying.

Henri van Breda in the Western Cape High Court on 30 October 2017. Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Triple murder accused Henri van Breda has decided to testify in his trial.

Van Breda's lawyer has confirmed that he will take the witness stand.

Earlier in the trial, the defence said he will not be testifying.

Advocate Pieter Botha had explained that if Van Breda decided to give evidence at a later stage, the court would draw negative inferences from this. According to the Criminal Procedures Act, an accused has to testify at the start of the defense’s case.

On Monday, Botha has told the court that his client has a speech impediment. He says that Van Breda stutters, especially when he’s under pressure. Botha has requested that the court rule that his testimony not be broadcast live.

Judge Siraj Desai has adjourned the case until Tuesday to make a decision about Botha’s request.