Van Breda murder trial: Neurologist to continue testimony

Dr James Butler is the sixth witness to be called by the defence and earlier this month diagnosed Van Breda with epilepsy following a seizure.

A screengrab of neurologist James Butler testifying in the Western Cape High Court on 27 November 2017.

CAPE TOWN - A neurologist will continue to testify in the trial of family axe murder accused Henri van Breda.

Dr James Butler is the sixth witness to be called by the defence and earlier this month diagnosed Van Breda with epilepsy following a seizure.

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

Dr Butler assessed Van Breda after he was hospitalised following a seizure earlier this month.

The 23-year-old underwent a series of tests and was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.

Butler says he asked the accused about the night of the attack, focusing on the time during which Van Breda claims to have blacked out.

The doctor says a photo of Van Breda taken in the ambulance the following morning reveals dark circles under his eyes and a bruise under his left eye.

He says it is strongly consistent with the appearance of someone who’s recovering from a seizure.