Henri van Breda: 'We were a very close family'

In a major turnabout for the defence, the accused has been called to give evidence.

Murder accused Henri van Breda testifies at the Western Cape High Court on 31 October 2017. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Murder accused Henri van Breda has described his family being “very close.”

In a major turnabout for the defence, the accused has been called to give evidence.

WATCH: Henri van Breda's testimony courtesy of News24

Van Breda is accused of killing his parents and older brother, and for attacking his sister in 2015.

He has been asked repeatedly by his defence counsel to speak louder.

Van Breda has described his family as very close, saying they shared everything with each other.

"We were a very close family. We shared everything with each other. We enjoyed spending time together as a family, especially around that time of the year."

He says on the Sunday before the deadly attack in January 2015, the whole family had gone shark cage diving.

He says on the night of 26 January 2015, everything was normal in their home.

Van Breda says the family had dinner together, and later that night he, his brother and father watched a movie.

He is unclear on exact timelines that evening, but he remembers going to the toilet later that night before hearing strange noises outside.

Van Breda has told the court that he called his girlfriend after three members of his family were killed and afterwards Googled numbers for emergency services.

He's blamed a masked attacker for the crimes.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)