Convicted murderer Henri van Breda sentenced to life

Convicted murder Henri van Breda in the Western Cape High Court on 7 June 2018

TimesLIVE reader David Zuckerberg reacted to Van Breda's sentencing by saying: "Zero remorse‚ angry‚ maintains his innocence and blames an imaginary black man for the murders".

He has also been given an additional 15 years for the attempted murder of his teenage sister, Marli. He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.

Former Perth schoolboy Henri van Breda has been handed three life sentences for the murders of his parents and brother in South Africa.

Van Breda murdered his parents and brother with an axe at the family's mansion in Stellenbosch, just outside Cape Town, in 2015.

On Tuesday Desai had asked defence counsel Piet Botha to present any information he had which would allow the judge to show the murderer some mercy.

"Each murderous attack on a family member is a severe crime and warrants the severest punishment", he told the packed Western Cape High Court in Cape Town.

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

He was then led away by court officers as Van Breda's girlfriend watched on from the public gallery. "The violence was excessive and gratuitous".

"You've displayed no remorse". "I'm searching for some human factor that to some degree diminishes the sheer seriousness of these crimes. I'm appealing to [you]: put before me some reason for these attacks", he said.

Meanwhile, Van Breda's lawyer Lorinda van Niekerk after told News24 that her client was "doing well" and coping behind bars, although this was "obviously not a good period for him".

When the family lived in Perth, van Breda and Rudi attended Scotch College, and Marli was a student at Presbyterian Ladies' College.

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