Henri Van Breda trial: Prosecution slams his âselective memory lossâ in closing arguments
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The trial of Henri Van Breda returned to the Cape Town High Court on Monday afternoon, following a two month break in proceedings.
Van Bredaâs first appearance of 2018 set tongues wagging when he appeared in the dock with a shaved head. He told TimesLive this was a âwater-saving measureâ. However, matters of gossip were put to one side immediately as Judge Siraj Desai allowed the closing arguments to get underway.
Susan Galloway is an advocate for the prosecution. She spent most of the morning attacking Henriâs testimony, and pointing to several flaws in his defence.
What crimes did Henri Van Breda commit?
The accused is fighting three murder charges, and one of attempted murder, after his parents and brother were killed with an axe, whereas his sister suffered severe head injuries but survived. Heâs also on trial for defeating the ends of justice.
Galloway made light work of disparaging the case Van Breda and his defence put together. She pointed to gaping holes in testimony regarding how long it took Henri to alert the police after he says he discovered his murdered family members, and also the inconsistencies surrounding forensic evidence:
Closing arguments for the Van Breda trial prosecution team:
The closing arguments are the final chances for both prosecution and defence to swing the case their way. Once these have finished, the trial will conclude as the judge makes a decision on weather Van Breda is guilty or not.Source: Google News