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#VanBredaTrial: Whose hair was Marli clutching?

Crime & Courts
Cape Town - Hair found at the murder scene in the Van Breda’s De Zalze Estate house came under sharp focus in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

Murder accused Henri van Breda’s defence tore into forensic scientist Henry Stewart who took to the stand on day 11 of the triple murder trial.

Van Breda is on trial for the 2015 murder of his father, Martin, mother, Teresa, and brother, Rudi. He has also been charged with the attempted murder of his sister Marli.

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Lt Col Henry Stewart testified in the Cape High Court today about hair analysis from the scene of the crime of which Henri van Breda has been accused of killing his family and injuring his sister. Picture: Tracey Adams

It emerged that hair clutched in Marli’s hand resembled hair of her accused brother Henri, hair analyst Henry Stewart testified, although this was later challenged by defence advocate Pieter Botha.

Stewart initially told the court the only way the hair could have ended up in her hand would've been through force – by Marli gripping and pulling hair.

Henri van Breda’s defence tore into forensic scientist Henry Stewart who took to the stand on day 11 of the triple murder trial. Picture: Tracey Adams

During cross-examination Botha put it to Stewart that the hair could have been transferred from a towel used to cover her bloody body, or the pillow used to rest her when paramedics arrived. Stewart conceded.

Soon after, the length of the hair in Marli’s hand was also disputed, with Botha confirming with Stewart that the length of the hair in Marli’s hand was about 200mm long.

Botha showed the court pictures of Henri just after the incident, and Stewart agreed that his hair was about 30mm long, at most.

Cape Times

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