Henri was a witness not suspect, says cop

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May 29, 2017
Henri was a witness not suspect, says cop

INNIE HOF: Accused Henri van Breda speaks with his lawyer Piet Botha

A “trial-within-a-trial” to see if the statement Van Breda made to police on 27 January 2015 is admissible.

Henri van Breda claims he was yskoud while being interrogated by cops, who told him he was talking “bullshit” when he explained how he survived a massacre at his family home that claimed the lives of his parents and brother.

But the policeman who took down the statement from him denied this in the Cape High Court on Monday.

Van Breda is accused of axing to death his dad Martin mother Teresa and brother Rudi. His sister Marli survived.

His lawyer Piet Botha claims cops told Henri that Marli was awake and piemping him.

But Sergeant Clinton Malan denied this.

The court is currently holding a “trial-within-a-trial” to see if the statement Van Breda made to police on 27 January 2015 is admissible.

Malan said Henri gave all the details himself and was not “led” in any way.

It is also alleged that Henri was only wearing boxer shorts with the air conditioning turned down, which Malan denied.

He did admit that Van Breda wasn’t informed of his rights, because police didn’t think that was necessary as at that stage Henri was still a victim and a witness and not a suspect.

The court also heard that Van Breda’s signed statement was full of “spelling mistakes and language errors”.

But Malan said this was because English was his second language. However he insists he had accurately captured Van Breda’s version of events.

Botha said Henri only signed the statement because he was moeg and wanted to leave.

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