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Supreme Court rejects Henri van Breda’s leave to appeal conviction, sentence

He was sentenced to three life terms for the murder of his mother, father and brother and the attempted murder of his sister.

FILE: Triple murder accused, Henri van Breda, in the Western Cape High Court on 27 March 2018. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has rejected convicted murderer Henri van Breda’s leave to appeal his judgment and conviction.

In May, he was convicted for the 2015 murder of his mother, father and brother and the attempted murder of his sister at their Stellenbosch home.

He was also found guilty of defeating the ends of justice for tampering with the crime scene and injuring himself to make it seem as if he had also been attacked during the murders. He was described as an unimpressive witness.

Van Breda's legal team has on Wednesday confirmed to Eyewitness News that the SCA rejected their application for leave to appeal.

They received a court order informing them of the decision.

Van Breda opted to approach the Supreme Court after his application for leave to appeal was dismissed by the Western Cape High Court.

During his trial, Van Breda claimed a balaclava-clad intruder was responsible for the murders of his parents and brother and the attempted murder of his sister.

The court did not believe his version and in June, the 23-year-old was slapped with three life sentences and an additional 15 years.

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