'Why didn’t Henri van Breda console his wounded relatives after attack?'

Prosecutor Susan Galloway has also questioned why van Breda, who says he saw his sister moving, didn’t attempt to console her.

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

CAPE TOWN - The State has questioned why Henri van Breda didn't console his wounded relatives after they were attacked with an axe.

On Monday, the prosecution has argued that van Breda's injuries were caused by his younger sister fighting him off during the 2015 attack at the family's Stellenbosch home.

However, van Breda has denied this, saying he could've sustained the injuries during a fall down the stairs.

Prosecutor Susan Galloway has asked van Breda why he told an emergency call centre operator that his sister had sustained head injuries.

Van Breda says at school in Australia they were taught that emergency services respond quicker to head injuries.

But Galloway has argued he only said this so people wouldn’t question how he knew about her exact injuries.

She has also questioned why van Breda, who says he saw his sister moving, didn’t attempt to console her.

“With head and neck injuries, we were always told that a bystander could do more damage than good in trying to help.”

The prosecutor has also questioned why the accused tried to call his former girlfriend, Bianca van Der Westhuizen, several times that night while attempting to get through to emergency services.

Van Breda says he just needed someone to talk to.