Triple murder accused Henri van Breda has stated in his plea explanation that he did not realise an initial statement he made to police would be used as an official document against him.
The 22-year-old pleaded not guilty to murdering his parents and older brother at their De Zalze home more than two years ago.
His trial got underway in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.
His plea explanation was read out in court by his lawyer Pieter Botha.
In it, van Breda says police have prejudiced what he told them that morning when three of his family members were found axed to death.
He claims that at no point was he offered legal representation or told that what he had said would be used as evidence against him.
Van Breda says while at the detective’s office, a police colonel told him he did not believe a word of his story.
He claims he was dressed in only a boxer shorts and kept in a very cold room, which added to his discomfort and confusion.
He says police officers refused to give any details on how his family was doing, except to say that his severely wounded sister had been administered a drug to keep her wide awake and recount what happened in their home.
An in loco inspection will take place on Tuesday at the Stellenbosch home where the murders took place.