world talking news – South African man sentenced for axe murder of parents and brother
A younger South African man convicted of murdering his rich dad and mom and brother and maiming his sister in a frenzied axe assault was handed three life sentences on Thursday.
Choose Siraj Desai described 23-year-old Henri Van Breda’s January 2015 rampage as “savage and harsh” with “an nearly unprecedented diploma of disregard for one’s household”.
“Every murderous assault on a member of the family is a extreme crime and warrants the severest punishment,” Mr Desai instructed the packed Western Cape Excessive Court docket in Cape City after the headline-making trial.
Van Breda, who wore a lightweight gray go well with, blue shirt and patterned tie, was additionally jailed for 15 years for the tried homicide of his sister.
After a trial that had sought in useless to know the motive for the massacre, Van Breda remained impassive because the sentence was handed down.
He was then led away by courtroom officers as his girlfriend watched from the general public gallery.
He had denied murdering his 21-year-old brother Rudi and oldsters Martin, 54, and Teresa, 55, and leaving his sister Marli combating near-fatal accidents to her head, neck and throat after the bloody assault.