South Africa 3.7.2015 12:00 pm

NPA mulls over Van Breda case

FILE PICTURE: Family members exit the church at the Van Breda's memorial service at the Dutch Reformed Church in Moreleta Park on 5 February 2015 in Pretoria. Picture: Christine Vermooten

FILE PICTURE: Family members exit the church at the Van Breda's memorial service at the Dutch Reformed Church in Moreleta Park on 5 February 2015 in Pretoria. Picture: Christine Vermooten

The murder docket for the Van Breda family attack, which was returned to the police in May, is now back with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for a decision.

The Van Breda family were brutally attacked in their home in the De Zalze Golf Estate, Stellenbosch in the early hours of January 27.

Siblings Marli and Henri Van Breda are the only survivors of the horrific axe attack. Their father, Martin, mother, Teresa, and 22-year-old brother, Rudi, were murdered.

Marli was in hospital for a long time with a fractured skull and extensive brain trauma, but is now back at school.

As a result of her injuries, she has retrograde amnesia and cannot yet remember the attack.

Family spokesperson Ben Rootman confirmed she had returned to school and also recently met with her brother Henri for the first time for more than four months after the incident. They have been living separately since the attack.

NPA Western Cape spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila confirmed yesterday they had received the docket back from police and were now studying it to make a decision.

The docket was originally handed over to the NPA in March. However, in May, Ntabazalila said the NPA had sent the docket back to the police and that the investigation was not complete. He added this was not unusual and dockets were often sent back for further investigation.

While the NPA has the docket, it is still not known whether the content indicates who the suspect/s might be and when they might be charged.

“Unfortunately, we cannot put a deadline on when such a decision will be taken as we have to go through all the documents before making that decision,” said Ntabazalila.

Police have kept mum since the attack, with the standard answer to enquiries being that investigations were ongoing and there were no new developments to report.

– alexm@citizen.co.za

 

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