State argues Henri van Breda’s injuries caused by Marli fighting him off

Van Breda claims the bruising and scratches he had on his back could’ve been caused when he fell down the stairs.

Triple murder accused Henri van Breda seen in the Western Cape High Court on 6 November 2017. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The State has argued that triple murder accused Henri van Breda sustained injuries while attacking his sister.

Van Breda is back on the witness stand on Monday as the defence’s final witness.

He has testified that his family was attacked by a masked intruder in January 2015 at their Stellenbosch home.

Van Breda claims that the bruising and scratches he had on his back could have been caused when he fell down the stairs while running after the two intruders.

Van Breda has explained that the other injuries on his chest and arms were caused during a scuffle with one of the assailants.

He can’t explain, however, how he got a bump on his forehead.

“I don’t specifically recall getting the injuries on my back, but I recall that’s where it must have happened.”

Prosecutor Susan Galloway has argued that the injuries on the his back came from his younger sister, Marli, fighting him off. He has denied this.

State experts say that the injuries on his chest and arms are indicative of self-inflicted wounds.

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