Henri van Breda found guilty of family axe murders

Henri van Breda has been found guilty of three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and defeating the ends of justice.

Van Breda stood accused of killing his parents and older brother, and maiming his younger sister in an attack at their Stellenbosch home in January 2015.

LISTEN: Henri van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

The court found that van Breda had sufficient time to tamper with the crime scene and portray himself as a victim.

Judge Siraj Desai handed down judgment in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

Read: Henri van Breda judgment: Judge finds no security breach on estate

He found that there was no credible evidence that an intruder entered the estate on the night of murders.

Desai says van Breda’s wounds appeared to be similar to those in textbooks of self-injuries.

Read more: Defence: State has failed to prove that Van Breda killed his family

He says it is unlikely that a supposed intruder would fortuitously bring a similar axe to the one kept in the Van Breda family home.

Recap: Defence: State has failed to prove that Van Breda killed his family

Desai made several findings and flagged inconsistencies relating to the crime scene, the sequence of events, the demeanor of the accused, the extent of his injuries and more.

It seems odd that a killer could wipe out an entire family and leave one person.

Judge Siraj Desai

The accused displayed a peculiar lack of empathy towards the victims.

Judge Siraj Desai

The court has no reason to reject the evidence of the State witnesses. I find their evidence to be most reliable.

Judge Siraj Desai

Van Breda will be detained in the hospital section of Pollsmoor prison, provided he can provide a medical certificate to independently verify his chronic epilepsy.

Sentencing proceedings will take place on 5 June.

Visit the EWN special feature for more on the timeline of events in the trial.

Take a listen to EWN's Monique Mortlock report from the court:


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Van Breda stands accused of killing his parents and older brother and maiming his younger sister in an attack in January 2015.

Defence: State has failed to prove that Van Breda killed his family

Defence: State has failed to prove that Van Breda killed his family

Henri van Breda’s legal team presented its closing arguments in the Western Cape High Court.

The Van Breda's knew their attackers, State argues

The Van Breda's knew their attackers, State argues

In closing arguments, the State argued that it is highly unlikely that the family was murdered by intruders.

Suspicion over Van Breda's new epilepsy diagnosis, trial postponed until 2018

Suspicion over Van Breda's new epilepsy diagnosis, trial postponed until 2018

Court proceedings in the Henri van Breda murder trial have been postponed until 12 February next year for closing arguments.

Court deciding whether to allow new medical evidence in Van Breda murder case

Court deciding whether to allow new medical evidence in Van Breda murder case

Western Cape High Court heard a request for a defence psychologist to take the stand for axe murder accused Henri van Breda.

State pokes holes in Van Breda's testimony

State pokes holes in Van Breda's testimony

The State's been trying to establish how Van Breda sustained back injuries and why it took him so long to call emergency services.

Van Breda demonstrates to the court how he scuffled with his family's attacker

Van Breda demonstrates to the court how he scuffled with his family's attacker

The court questioned how he got off with light wounds and scratches while his family was butchered.

Van Breda spends birthday testifying in family axe murders

Van Breda spends birthday testifying in family axe murders

EWN reporter says Prosecutor Susan Galloway has picked up on some information Van Breda omitted in plea and police statements.

Emotional Henri van Breda says 'my family was very close'

Emotional Henri van Breda says 'my family was very close'

EWN reporter Monique Mortlock explains how Van Breda described his close family and the details of the night of the attack

Why Henri van Breda wants cameras off in court before taking the stand

Why Henri van Breda wants cameras off in court before taking the stand

Triple murder accused Henri van Breda has decided to testify in his trial, and has asked that his testimony not be broadcast live.

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