- Henri van Breda has been sentenced to three life sentences in prison plus an addition 16 years on Thursday
- He was found guilty of murdering his mother Teresa, father Martin and brother Rudi
- Van Breda was also found guilty of attempting to kill his sister Marli and obscuring the ends of justice
Henri van Breda is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars. A short while ago van Breda was sentenced to three life terms plus an additional 16 years in prison by Judge Siraj Desai.
Van Breda received a life sentence for each of the three killings of his mother Teresa, father Martin and older brother Rudi. He received an additional 15 years for attempting to kill his younger sister Marli and another year for obscuring the ends of justice.
Van Breda has refused to admit guilt to the brutal 2015 attack on his family and insists the attack was committed by a masked intruder. He has shown little emotion in the courtroom during the lengthy trial.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Judge Desai asked van Breda’s legal team to present arguments and evidence which would serve as mitigating reasons and allow him to show van Breda some mercy during sentencing.
Advocate Piet Botha admitted that his only arguments in this regard were that van Breda was a first-time offender and was very young and that neither of those reasons was enough for the judge to impose anything other than the mandatory life sentence.
TimesLive.co.za reported that the state prosecutor argued against Judge Desai showing mercy and hammered home the gruesome details surrounding the 2015 triple axe murder.
Judge Desai agreed with the state and noted that the crime was cold-blooded, ruthless and gruesome and that van Breda has not shown any remorse for committing the murders.
Botha revealed the defence would be launching appeals against the sentence and the conviction. The appeals hearing is scheduled to be heard on 27 June.
Van Breda is thought to have spent at least R5 million on his legal defence.
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