The trial of Henri van Breda is set to reach its 40th day on Monday with the accused’s legal team calling up its first witness.
The cross examination of the State’s final witness, blood splatter expert Marius Joubert, will likely end today allowing the defence to begin calling on witnesses to build their case that a masked intruder is responsible for the harrowing axe-murders at the van Breda home.
Van Breda is accused of triple murder and attempted murder after the attack in 2015 left his parents and older brother dead, while seriously injuring his younger sister.
Joubert revealed to the Western Cape High Court last week that various tests done on the scene soon after the murders, suggested that the scene had somewhat been staged.
Joubert explained that Henri’s brother, Rudi van Breda, had been killed in a different position to where his body was found and that it seemed his body had been dragged around the room angrily.
Similarly, Joubert divulged to the court that Martin van Breda had most probably been killed while attempting to tend to his eldest son’s wounds.
In an attempt to poke holes in Joubert’s testimony, van Breda’s legal team enquired as to why other blood splatter tests were not conducted around potential points of entry, such as the external window sills.