The likely cause of epileptic seizures is under scrutiny in the High Court in Cape Town where neurologist, Dr James Butler, is continuing his testimony.

He’s trying to explain why triple murder accused Henri van Breda failed to call an ambulance for over two hours after his family was axed, allegedly by an intruder on January 2015.

Butler has testified that sleep deprivation, alcohol consumption and extreme stress are the precipitators of epileptic attacks.

He says the start of seizures occurs when alcohol wears off the body. Van Breda earlier testified that he shared a bottle of wine with his father on the night the family members were killed.

Butler recently diagnosed him with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy; a condition which he says cannot be faked and could explain why he did not call for help immediately.

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