02/05/2017 16:13 SAST | Updated 02/05/2017 16:13 SAST

Van Breda Murder Trial: Lawyer Points To 24 Burglaries On Estate Where Family Lived

The responding officer said triple murder-accused Henri van Breda did not seem traumatised when he arrived on the scene.

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Murder accused Henri van Breda during his trial at the Cape Town High Court.

There have been 24 burglaries at De Zalze Estate -- the scene of the Van Breda family triple murders -- since 2002, the Western Cape High Court heard on Tuesday.

This was according to Advocate Pieter Botha, for triple murder accused Henri van Breda, during cross examination of first responding officer Sergeant Adrian Kleynhans.

The officer had testified that he had seen no evidence of a burglary when he arrived at the Goske Street house on the day of the axe attack in January 2015.

Valuables, like a laptop and a handbag, had been in clear sight.

Van Breda, in his plea explanation, claimed a balaclava-clad intruder wearing gloves and dark clothes had attacked his family.

Kleynhans had initially testified that Henri did not appear traumatised when he found him at the scene, but had appeared emotional, albeit not teary.

Botha pointed out that in Kleynhans' statement of the incident, he had described Henri as traumatised.

The sergeant conceded, saying it was not deliberate.

"Why are all the differences in a manner which incriminates the accused?" he asked Kleynhans, who apologised for his mistake.

Botha also pointed out that no drugs had been found in Van Breda's system and that he had told the court that he had had wine with his family the night before.