Neurologist: Evidence points to Van Breda experiencing non-epileptic seizures

Dr James Butler diagnosed triple murder accused Henri van Breda of having a condition called juvenile myoclonic epilepsy after he had a seizure two weeks ago.

A screengrab shows Dr James Butler at the Western Cape High Court on 27 November 2017 during Henri Van Breda's trial. Picture: News24/youtube.com

CAPE TOWN - A neurologist is on the stand this morning in the Van Breda trial in the Western Cape High Court.

Dr James Butler is the defence’s sixth witness and diagnosed triple murder accused Henri van Breda of having a condition called juvenile myoclonic epilepsy after the 23-year-old had a seizure two weeks ago.

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Van Breda stands accused of the murder of his parents and older brother and the attempted murder of his younger sister in their Stellenbosch home in January 2015.

Butler took the Western Cape High Court through the symptoms of a patient suffering from non-epileptic seizures.

In his testimony, Butler admitted he initially thought the accused fabricated the symptoms but adds scientific evidence contradicted his initial suspicions.

He described Van Breda's symptoms, such as temporary memory loss, as neurological processes that result in psychogenic seizures.

There is a possibility the trial could be wrapping up this week.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)