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US News Family axe killer Henri van Breda given three life sentences

12:56  07 june  2018
12:56  07 june  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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A South African man who killed his mother, father and brother with an axe has been given three life sentences . Henri van Breda , 23, who denied the attacks, also left his 16-year-old sister, Marli, in a coma with near-fatal injuries to the head, neck and throat.

Henri van Breda used an axe to kill his mother, father and brother, while his younger sister managed to survive. Van Breda is due to be sentenced shortly for the killing of his wealthy family in a supposedly secure estate in South Africa’s wine countryof Stellenbosch.

Only van Breda's sister survived the attack © Getty Only van Breda's sister survived the attack

A South African man who killed his mother, father and brother with an axe has been given three life sentences.

Henri van Breda, who denied the attacks, also left his 16-year-old sister, Marli, in a coma with near-fatal injuries to the head, neck and throat, for which he received a 15 year sentence.

Van Breda, wearing a light grey suit, did not show any emotion as the sentences were handed down.

The 23-year-old was convicted of three counts of murder and one of attempted murder last month.

Judge Siraj Desai said that in light of the evidence, the verdict had been "inescapable".

Sentencing, the judge said that "each murderous attack on a family member is a severe crime and warrants the severest punishment".

Pieter Botha, for the defence, had asked for a "merciful" sentencing, adding that Van Breda was a first-time offender and "barely 20" when he carried out the killings.

Van Breda murdered his parents Martin, 54, Teresa, 55, and brother Rudi, 21, in January 2015.

Marli was left with near-fatal injuries to her head, neck and throat.

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