Van Breda defence's last attempt to solidify evidence

The State concluded its cross-examination of the 23-year-old triple murder accused on Monday.

Murder accused Henri van Breda testifies at the Western Cape High Court on 07 November 2017. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Triple murder accused Henri van Breda’s lawyer has attempted to solidify his client’s evidence.

Tuesday is Van Breda’s final day on the witness stand.

The State concluded its cross-examination of the 23-year-old on Monday.

Advocate Pieter Botha has pointed out in one of the photographs of the dining room at Van Breda’s former home, documents and a laptop can be seen.

The State has argued Van Breda mentioned his dad working after dinner the night of the attack but failed to include it in the police statement.

Van Breda said: “He would often work in the study but if there’s something else going or if he wanted to sort of watch TV while working then he’d work there by the table.”

Prosecutor Susan Galloway argues he changed the timeline of the events to suit his claim that the family watched a movie later that evening after his father finished working.

Van Breda claims this is what State witness Stephanie Opt’Hof heard that night, sounds from the movie and not angry voices as she had testified.

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Van Breda's legal team could still call a psychologist to testify on the accused's behaviour on the night of the attack.

Judge Siraj Desai has questioned the role of a new defence witness, saying he's concerned the psychologist will usurp the function of the court, which is to evaluate the evidence.

Botha has assured the court this is not the intention.

He says the psychologist will be testifying on Van Breda's lack of action while his family was being attacked and on his actions after the attack.

While on the stand, Van Breda had faced a barrage of questions about why he didn't defend his family.

The State and the judge also questioned some of his actions, like why he threw an axe at a fleeing attacker, instead of staying armed.

The judge will on Monday rule on whether to allow a defence psychologist to testify.