Van Breda's defence flags inconsistencies in officer's statement

The legal team representing triple murder accused Henri van Breda has pointed out inconsistencies in officer, Sergeant Adrian Kleynhans examination of the family home.

Advocate Pieter Botha has been cross-examining the first responding officer.

He claims, Kleynhans who was the first officer to arrive at the crime scene, missed blood stains in and around the home.

Kleynhans has admitted he doesn't have a good memory and that he may have made a few mistakes in his initial statement. One of these includes his description of the then emotional state of the accused.

Monique Mortlock has been following court proceedings.

Kleynhans conceded that advocate Pieter Botha was correct in stating that because the incident took place a couple of years ago that there may be some details that the sergeant gave incorrectly when he gave his initial statement.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

Some of the things he conceded were factually incorrect is the fact that he initially stated that there could have been no way that anyone could have entered the property because when he got there the door was slightly ajar and he had to push it open using his elbow, and he didn't see any signs of forced entry.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

And then advocate Botha said when we inspected the property last week we proved the point that access can be gained either by scaling the walls or the various other walls around the surrounding houses near the house where the crime had taken place.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

The defence claims that they zoomed in on some of the pictures taken at the crime scene, and they found that there were blood splatters on the wall that Henry had pointed out apparently on the day but no one saw it.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

Kleynhans denied that he purposely misled the court and says it's human to forget as it's been more than two years since the triple murder.

Click below to listen to the full report...


Read More
All eyes on UN after ICC reports Jordan for failing to detain Al-Bashir

All eyes on UN after ICC reports Jordan for failing to detain Al-Bashir

The International Criminal Court reported Jordan to the United Nations Security Council for not arresting the Sudanese leader.

Reconfiguring provinces, municipal funding model up for review at ANC conference

Reconfiguring provinces, municipal funding model up for review at ANC conference

As the ANC elective conference draws near, the party is holding a media briefing on governance and legislature.

Van Breda's defence pokes holes in cop's testimony

Van Breda's defence pokes holes in cop's testimony

Henri van Breda's lawyer, Pieter Botha, cross-examined Sergeant Adrian Kleynhans - the first officer on the scene of the crime.

Judge asks media to report responsibly after van Breda's lawyer scolds paper

Judge asks media to report responsibly after van Breda's lawyer scolds paper

The judge presiding over Henri van Breda's murder trial has urged the media to report carefully in the highly sensitive case.

Judge Siraj Desai visits crime scene of van Breda axe murders

Judge Siraj Desai visits crime scene of van Breda axe murders

Western Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai inspected the De Zalze home where three van Breda family members were killed.

WATCH: Van Breda pleads not guilty while lawyer details his version of events

WATCH: Van Breda pleads not guilty while lawyer details his version of events

After the State prosecutor read out the charges against Henri van Breda, he pleaded not guilty to all five, EWN reports.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] 'We are dealing with an outbreak of Listeriosis' - Dr Thomas

[LISTEN] 'We are dealing with an outbreak of Listeriosis' - Dr Thomas

Head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases at the NICD Dr Thomas says that Listeriosis is problematic because it isn’t notifiable.

Publisher saves South African students billions with free textbooks

Publisher saves South African students billions with free textbooks

This year we're going to hit a million downloads of free textbooks in SA - James van der Westhuizen, country manager for Bookboon.

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

The company lost around R100 billion leaving the JSE reeling in one of the biggest private sector business scandals.

Few retirement funds unaffected by Steinhoff implosion (i.e. you just got had)

Few retirement funds unaffected by Steinhoff implosion (i.e. you just got had)

Your money, and Steinhoff… Bruce Whitfield interviews Certified Financial Planner Peter Calitz.

‘There were clear warning signs at Steinhoff. All of which fund managers missed’

‘There were clear warning signs at Steinhoff. All of which fund managers missed’

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Sygnia Group CEO Magda Wierzycka.

Zille: 40 000 affordable housing units in the pipeline for WC

Zille: 40 000 affordable housing units in the pipeline for WC

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the government plays a crucial role in the provision of affordable housing in the province.

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

Entrepreneur Max Lichaba built his own empire and is the CEO of Lichaba Creations and several other businesses. This is his story.