Henri van Breda didn’t want to see photos of his murdered family members

Henri van Breda’s trial continued today at the Western Cape High Court where the photographs of his murdered family members were displayed. He sat on the far end of the dock to avoid seeing the photos depicting the gruesome acts he is accused of committing. Henri van Breda stands accused of the triple murder of his parents and his brother.

The murders of Martin van Breda, 54, the managing director of Engel & Völkers in Australia, his wife Teresa van Breda, 55, and their son Rudi van Breda, 22 took place on January 27, 2015 at an exclusive golf estate in Stellenbosch. His sister, Marli van Breda, who was also the victim of the attacked successful recovered after months of physiotherapy.

Henri van Breda also sustained injuries during the attack but they have been dismissed by the prosecution as superficial and likely to have been self inflicted. It took him almost 3 hours to call the emergency services. Henri van Breda reportedly exclaimed, “My … my family and me were attacked … by a guy with an axe.”

Henri van Breda has claimed that he and his family were attacked by “an axe-wielding black man, wearing dark clothes, gloves and a balaclava-type mask”. His sister, Marli van Breda, the only other survivor of the attack has been diagnosed with retrograde amnesia and has no recollection of what took place on that fateful night.

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