Henri Van Breda was on Monday found guilty of murdering his parents and brother and of the attempted murder of his sister Marli.
The culmination of a lengthy trial – following the killing of van Breda’s mother Teresa‚ father Martin‚ and brother Rudi with an axe – attracted a full gallery of court watchers and law experts.
Van Breda stood expressionless as judgment was handed down.
Public interest was originally peaked by a family being slain within a well-guarded suburban complex.
Absent throughout the trial has been his teenage sister Marli‚ who suffered a severed jugular and serious head injuries.
Marli’s lawyers stated she has retrograde amnesia from the attack.
She has been placed under custodianship by her lawyers.
Henri van Breda pleaded not guilty to all of the charges‚ including defeating the ends of justice.
As he took his seat‚ court watchers leaned over the balcony to get a view of him.
He seemed to be trying to block out the barrage of cameras and eyes fixed on him by staring at the South African national coat of arms‚ situated above the bench where Desai delivered his judgment.
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