Martin van Breda caught off guard by his attacker, suggests pathologist

A pathologist has told the Western Cape High Court that Martin van Breda had no defensive injuries and the blow that killed him very likely came from behind.

Dr Daphne Anthony testified in the Henri van Breda murder trial, who faces three counts of murder, one of attempted murder and one of defeating the ends of justice.

The doctor conducted the post-mortem examinations on Martin van Breda, his wife and son, who were killed during an axe attack at their De Zalze property in Stellenbosch in January 2015.

Read: Van Breda's injuries match patterns of self-inflicted injury, court told

According to Dr Anthony, the head injuries that killed Martin suggest that he could have been caught off guard by his attacker, reports EWN's Monique Mortlock.

Martin van Breda had no defence wounds and Dr Anthony says it's highly likely that he was caught by surprise.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

The pathologist's findings contradict Henri van Breda's claims that his father tussled with the attacker and lunged towards him.

Also read: Expert says van Breda's wounds self-inflicted and casts doubts on concussion

Mortlock says that there were times during the pathologist’s testimony when the murder accused cried and held his head in his hands.

She explains that many of the expert witnesses in the trial so far, have been testifying in the State's favour.

At the same time, the van Breda legal defence is contesting the admissibility of a statement he made to police after his family was axed to death.

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