Van Breda to spend Christmas at home after defence wraps up case

The 63-day trial of Henri van Breda came to an end on Wednesday.

FILE: Triple murder accused Henri van Breda in the Western Cape High Court on 7 November 2017. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Triple murder accused Henri van Breda could be spending his last Christmas at home.

Van Breda, who's been on trial for the murder of his parents and older brother and the attempted murder of his younger sister in their Stellenbosch home in 2015, will hear the judge's verdict next year.

The defence wrapped up its case on Wednesday.

The 63-day trial of Henri van Breda came to an end yesterday.

Van Breda will remain out on bail until the court hears closing argument in February.

Dr James Butler diagnosed the 23-year-old with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy after he suffered a seizure a few weeks ago.

Butler told the court that it's likely he had a seizure on the night of the attacks, which would explain why he doesn't remember what happened for two hours and forty minutes.

The court questioned how Butler could make a diagnosis more than two years after the fact, but the doctor responded it's not unusual for him to do so.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)