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November 21, 2016
Experts hired by ‘killer’

Henri van Bred, 21, will stand trial for allegedly murdering his family

Murder-accused wants analyse State's evidence.

The man accused of murdering his family with an axe has hired experts to analyse the State’s evidence against him, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

On Friday, Henri van Breda, 21, made his second appearance in court for a pre-trial conference since his arrest for murdering three family members at their De Zalze Golf Estate, Stellenbosch, home last year.

State advocate Susan Galloway told Judge Elize Steyn the State was ready for trial.

However, she added that the defence had requested additional information and was obtaining expert analysis on aspects of the case against Van Breda, reports Weekend Argus.

Galloway asked the court to postpone the matter for another pre-trial conference.

The trial date has been set for March 13.

Van Breda is charged with three counts of premeditated murder, attempted murder and defeating the ends of justice.

The latter charge stems from allegations that he fed cops false information.

It is alleged that he used an axe to hack his mother, father, brother and sister.

His parents, Martin and Teresa, and his brother Rudi died, while sister Marli, then 16, survived.

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