As investigations continue into the gruesome axe murders of Martin van Breda, his wife Teresa, and their son Rudi, more evidence comes to light.
The Inquisitr reported on the murderous attack on the van Breda family. Their younger son, Henri, suffered minor injuries and their daughter, 16-year-old Marli, was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
Since that time, evidence came to light that Henri’s injuries were, in fact, self-inflicted and that he had taken four hours from the time of the murders to call emergency services. Further evidence showed Henri had been in a clinic at some stage for brain scans and had also been treated in a rehabilitation clinic.
As Marli’s condition continues to improve, she has been moved from intensive care into a private ward and only medical staff and the police are allowed close to her, as police wait to be able to take her statement on the killings.
In the meantime, police have been searching for the shop where the murder weapon, an axe, was purchased and by whom. They do, however, state that the axe was sharpened prior to the incident.
Van Breda murders: axe sharpened before attack http://t.co/lacq7HZzpd
— SA Breaking News (@SABreakingNews) February 10, 2015
It has been 16 days since the bodies of Martin, Teresa and Rudi were discovered in their luxury home, in the De Zalze Golf Estate of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Marli has been in the hospital ever since. She has suffered brain damage as well as severe injuries to her jugular vein.
Marli is improving and gradually responding to questions and according to her uncle, André van Breda.
“She is moving her eyes to follow instructions.”
The family denied rumors in the media that Marli is now able to physically speak.
— YOU Magazine (@YouMagazine) February 6, 2015
According to a police source, an arrest could apparently happen soon, and while no names have been named, a deal has reportedly already been made with prosecutors for the suspect to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital as a state patient.
However, Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut refused to comment on this, saying only that progress was being made in the investigations. Speculation is rife on the social media as to who the suspect actually is.
— Princess Vee (@VeeVee1710) February 10, 2015
Tweet translation: “Play crazy” and you skip jail
According to IOL, the van Breda family home is now under constant police watch and residents are getting nervous about the situation. Police have still given the residents no information on who was behind the attack
The association manager of the estate, Boet Grobler, told IOL that he spoke to the police that morning and “There is no official briefing they can give us.”
“Obviously people want to know what is going on, but we cannot afford to speculate. We are sticking with our story that this was an isolated incident and there were no signs of a break-in.”
In the meantime an advocate has been approached by the van Breda family to represent Henri. Apparently this is the same advocate who recently acted for the British honeymoon murder suspect, Shrien Dewani.