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Murdered ...Theresa van Breda and her husband Martin.

Murdered …Theresa van Breda and her husband Martin. Photo: Facebook

Henri van Breda, 20, told police his brother Rudi was attacked first before a burglar turned on his mother, father and 16-year-old sister Marli, South African news agency Netwerk24 has reported.

Marli, who went to the Presbyterian Ladies’ College in Perth, is currently under police guard in a South African hospital after suffering horrific head injuries in the attack. She is awake and answering simple questions, according to the South African Sunday Times.

Henri’s wounds – a bruise to the head and scratches – were self-inflicted and he waited up to four hours before calling emergency services after his family was slain, the Times reported.


The surviving son of the former Perth family axed to death in South Africa had self-inflicted wounds and waited hours before calling authorities, it has been reported.

Martin van Breda, 54, his wife Teresa, 55, and son Rudi, 22, were killed in what is believed to have been an attack with an axe on January 29 at De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate, an exclusive golf resort in Stellenbosch, about 50 kilometres east of Cape Town.

Marli van Breda

Marli van Breda Photo: Facebook

He has enlisted South African high profile defence lawyer Pieter Botha, who famously defended British millionaire Shrien Dewani who was accused of killing his wife Anne during their honeymoon in South Africa in 2010. The charges were dismissed in 2014.

Last week, a triple-0 call Henri made after the attack appears to have him snigger when telling the operator members of his family were “bleeding from the head”.

The van Breda family were originally from South Africa before settling in Perth about eight years ago, and then moving to Brisbane before returning to South Africa.

Mr van Breda was managing director of the Australian franchise of Engel & Völkers, an international company that sells and rents “premium residential property, commercial real estate and yachts”, according to its website.

Karen Sadler, whose daughter went to Presbyterian Ladies College with Marli for about seven years, described the van Breda family as “a beautiful, gorgeous family and very close”




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