Henri van Breda, left, talks to one of his legal adviser, Piet Botha, right, in the HIgh Court in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, May 21, 2018 as he awaits the verdict in his murder, and attempted murder trial. Van Breda is accused of murdering his father, mother and brother and the attempted murder of his sister. (AP Photo/Nasied Manie)

Verdict to be delivered in family ax murder trial

May 21, 2018 - 10:39 am

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A South African man has been found guilty of murdering three members of his immediate family on Monday, more than three years after the gruesome attack in an upscale housing estate that shocked the nation.

Henri van Breda, 23, was also found guilty of attempting to murder his sister on Jan. 27, 2015, as well as obstruction of justice. His sister Marli, then 16, suffered severe injuries and is reported to be unable to remember the incident.

Van Breda was denied bail, and will be held in custody until his sentencing.

Judge Siraj Desai said after considering all the evidence, the guilty verdict was inescapable. The verdict was delivered in the Western Cape High Court, after reading an hours-long judgment that detailed the evidence given in the case.

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