Van Breda demonstrates how he allegedly disarmed attacker
Henri van Breda claims a masked intruder attacked his family in January 2015 at their Stellenbosch home.
CAPE TOWN - Triple murder accused Henri van Breda has demonstrated how he allegedly tried to fight with a man who he claims killed three of his family members.
Van Breda claims that a masked intruder attacked his family in January 2015 at their Stellenbosch home.
He says that he managed to disarm the attacker.
Prosecutor Susan Galloway has asked the accused to demonstrate how he managed to disarm the attacker on the night of the attack.
Sergeant Clinton Malan, who took down Van Breda’s original statement, has played the role of the attacker.
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Van Breda has shown the court how he was facing the balaclava-clad man, who was wielding a knife in his right hand.
Van Breda says that he managed to grab the axe. He’s also shown how his injuries, which State experts have described as self-inflicted, were caused.
Galloway has questioned how the knife ended up in the side of Van Breda’s body and why he’s allegedly changed time frames.
Galloway has also questioned how he managed to take the axe from the attacker.
The court has also questioned why the accused didn’t do more to fight off an attacker.
He has told the court he was too scared to do anything to defend his family, but later managed to disarm the attacker.
Judge Siraj Desai has asked why, if he had the axe in his hand, did he not try to lunge at the attacker.
Desai says at that point he might not have known his sister and mother had been attacked, but he would’ve seen his father and brother go down.
Van Breda responded: "With the benefits of hindsight and being able to think clearly, I wish I did get angry. But I didn't."
Galloway has also questioned why his wounds were not as severe as those sustained by the rest of his family.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)