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Former Perth Student Guilty of Ax Murders in South Africa


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/11/01

According to The Guardian, a former Perth student was found guilty of murdering both of his parents and his brother in South Africa.

The murderer, Henri van Breda, is 23. He denied the allegations of murder. However, he was found guilty of axe murder. At the family’s luxury home, van Breda murdered his family with an ax. His sister was left with near fatal injuries.

It was a “frenzied axe attack at their home on an exclusive golf estate in South Africa.”

The news reportage stated, “Henri van Breda, 23, had denied murdering his 21-year-old brother Rudi and parents Martin, 54, and Teresa, 55, and leaving his sister, Marli, struggling with near-fatal injuries to her head, neck and throat.”

In the trial, the van Breda, the murderer, stated that a late-night intruder came into the home. However, the De Zalze golf estate in Stellenbosch, right outside Cape Town, is heavily guarded. That made the defense questionable.

Siraj Desai, the judge, took the defence apart in a five-hour summary of the trial. In the verdict, Desai said, “As a family man, it’s difficult… After considering all the evidence, the result is inescapable.”

Van Breda was charged with murder and obstruction of justice. There was no typical house robbery evidenced at the scene of the crime, or murders. “Four of five members of family found brutally attacked in similar fashion and left for dead… The accused was left standing, having lived through the events,” Desai explained.

During the verdict, it was reported that van Breda showed little emotion. “He himself suffered superficial stab wounds which he said were caused while wrestling with the attacker who was trying to slit his throat. He said he then fell unconscious,” the news agency said.


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