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No fingerprints found on axe or wall, testifies Sergeant at van Beda crime scene

18 May 2017 2:33 PM
A number of unidentified fingerprints were found in the van Breda house and Henri's were found on the knife used to injure him.

A police official has testified that a total of 53 fingerprints were found at the van Breda home, including those belonging to the family, domestic worker, gardener and Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend.

Henri van Breda is on trial for allegedly killing his parents and older brother at their home outside Stellenbosch in January 2015.

Sergeant Jonathan Oliphant was stationed at Worcester at criminal record center at time of the murders and visited the crime to collect fingerprints between 27 January - 30 January 2015.

Several unidentified fingerprints found at the scene, reports EWN's Shamiela Fisher.

Read: Van Breda 'emotionally triggered' by emergency call scrutinised in court

According to Oliphant's testimony, no finger prints were found on the outside boundary wall or on the axe used to kill the victims.

The sergeant told the court that it would be possible for intruders to wear gloves and evade fingerprint detection.

Oliphant says that if fingerprints were wiped off a weapon they would also be undetectable.

Three finger prints were found on the knife, one set belonging to the triple murder accused, and the other two unidentified.

Also read: Van Breda family had emergency numbers on fridge, says Marli's ex-boyfriend

At the same time, to medical experts gave testimony on the extent of van Breda's injuries and whether or not they were self-inflicted.

The 22-year-old faces three counts of murder, one of attempted murder and one of defeating the ends of justice.

He has pleaded not guilty.

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18 May 2017 2:33 PM