A DNA analyst called to the stand in the case of triple murder accused, Henri van Breda, has said that over 200 samples were taken from the scene of the crime.
Following the announcement that the trial would be live streamed, it emerged that DNA samples from the accused’s pyjamas and other belongings from the night would be pivotal to taking the prosecution’s case forward.
The court was assured by the analyst that samples have been collected following international standards and operating procedures, to the extent that analysts conducting studies were unaware of which case the samples were connected to for the sake of objectivity.
Henri van Breda is accused of brutally murdering his parents and older brother with an axe in January of 2015 in their De Zalze home near Stellenbosch.
The 22-year-old, who has been on trial since the beginning of the year, maintains that his family was attacked by a group of masked assailants.
The prosecution and defence will be anxious to hear what the DNA analysts will have to say given that most witnesses have thus far proven slightly unreliable in their testimonies.