Van Breda’s scuffle with alleged attacker to come under scrutiny

Henri van Breda spent his 23rd birthday in on the witness stand on Wednesday, testifying in his own defence.

Triple murder accused Henri Van Breda in the Western Cape High Court on 1 November 2017. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The prosecution in the trial of murder accused Henri van Breda will on Thursday delve deeper into the exact details of his alleged scuffle with the man he claims murdered his family members.

Van Breda spent his 23rd birthday in on the witness stand on Wednesday, testifying in his own defence.

He's charged with the murder of his parents and brother, as well as the attempted murder of his sister in 2015.

He maintains that he is innocent and that the murderer was a masked intruder.

WATCH: Van Breda spends his birthday on the witness stand

Prosecutor Susan Galloway asked for an early adjournment on Wednesday, saying that she plans to deal with the incident between the accused and the attacker on Thursday.

Van Breda described in great detail how he managed to disarm the masked man, whom he claims attacked his family.

This prompted questions from Galloway about why he didn't intervene when he saw the man attacking his brother and father with the axe.

Judge Siraj Desai was also interested in why he didn't try to warn his mother and sister about the armed, masked criminal in their home.

Galloway has been picking apart his testimony, pointing out inconsistencies between the written statement he gave to police and the explanations he's giving in court.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)