A close friend of Henri van Breda says the triple murder accused admired his older brother and had a close relationship with his younger sister.
Van Breda is charged with the murder of his parents and brother and the attempted murder of his sister at their De Zalze home in Stellenbosch in January 2015.
The 22-year-old tried calling Bianca van der Westhuizen in the hours following the attack.
Van der Westhuizen became tearful when she told the court about Van Breda’s relationship with his siblings.
She said he was closest to his younger sister Marli and looked up to his older brother Rudi.
Van der Westhuizen met the family at a braai in 2014 and grew close to the accused.
She told the court she went out for ice-cream with him on 26 January 2015 and was chatting to him via WhatsApp that evening.
In the early hours of the next morning, she missed two phone calls from the accused because her phone was on airplane mode.
She says when she tried to call back, there was no answer and she later found out what had happened.