2018-06-07 11:00

Convicted murderer Henri van Breda has been sentenced to three life terms in prison by Judge Siraj Desai in the Western Cape High Court.

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Convicted murderer Henri van Breda

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How Judge Desai will determine Henri van Breda’s sentence 

We often celebrate or, at times, are outraged by the sentences given to offenders for their crimes. As a public, we’re either satisfied that the punishment fits the crime, or convinced that justice has failed us. However, how jail time is determined in South Africa depends on various factors. 

Last month, convicted “axe murderer” Henri van Breda was found guilty of murdering his parents and brother, and of the attempted murder of his sister, in a trial that made headlines around the world. Van Breda was also charged with one count of obstructing justice for staging the crime scene and inflicting wounds on himself to make it look like he had been a victim in the attack. 

Trial judge Siraj Desai is no novice when it comes to handing down sentences in criminal matters. In fact, he has presided over many high-profile criminal cases, most notably the 2009 murder trial of Najwa Petersen, who he sent to jail for 28 years for murdering her husband, musician Taliep Petersen.

axe murderer” Henri van Breda was found guilty of murdering his parents and brother, and of the attempted murder of his sister, in a trial that made headlines around the world. Van Breda was also charged with one count of obstructing justice for staging the crime scene and inflicting wounds on himself to make it look like he had been a victim in the attack. 

Trial judge Siraj Desai is no novice when it comes to handing down sentences in criminal matters. In fact, he has presided over many high-profile criminal cases, most notably the 2009 murder trial of Najwa Petersen, who he sent to jail for 28 years for murdering her husband, musician Taliep Petersen.

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‘Put forward some reason for the attacks’ – Judge Desai to Van Breda defence 

Axe murderer Henri van Breda appeared unmoved as Judge Siraj Desai appealed to his defence to give a “human factor” to the defence’s appeal for leniency in light of the “grotesque nature” of his crimes.

But all advocate Pieter Botha could offer was that his client had no previous convictions and had been young at the time of the brutal killings.

Proceedings lasted just over an hour in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday, where the State and Van Breda’s legal teams offered aggravating and mitigating factors to be considered ahead of the 23-year-old’s sentencing.

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Axe murderer Henri van Breda appeared unmoved as Judge Siraj Desai appealed to his defence to give a “human factor” to the defence’s appeal for leniency in light of the “grotesque nature” of his crimes.

But all advocate Pieter Botha could offer was that his client had no previous convictions and had been young at the time of the brutal killings.

Proceedings lasted just over an hour in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday, where the State and Van Breda’s legal teams offered aggravating and mitigating factors to be considered ahead of the 23-year-old’s sentencing.

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