Convicted murderer Henri Van Breda will know his fate on Thursday when sentencing will be handed down in the murder trial. Sentencing procedures were heard on Tuesday in the Cape High Court after the State and defence made brief submissions.

The 23-year-old van Breda was convicted two weeks ago of the murder of his father, mother and older brother at the De Zalze Estate in Stellenbosch in May 2015.

The State says Henri Van Breda showed no remorse for his actions. Advocate Susan Galloway told the court Van Breda’s age and the fact that he had no previous convictions is not a mitigating factors.

The State says Marli Van Breda who was 16 at the time lost everything and her home. Nothing will ever be the same again. Although Marli has no memory of the incident but she has to live with the knowledge that her brother murdered her parents and sibling and tried to kill her.

Galloway says instead Van Breda said he found it emotionally difficult to deal with the loss of family members. Van Breda’s lawyer however says his client maintains his innocence and therefore cannot show remorse.

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