South Africa man denied appeal on ax murder convictions


A South African man found guilty of murdering three of his immediate family members was denied the opportunity to appeal his conviction and life sentences on Monday.

South African media report that the Western Cape High Court dismissed the application of Henri van Breda, 23, to appeal his three life sentences for murdering his mother, father and brother in 2015 at his family’s upscale home in Stellenbosch, a wine-growing region outside Cape Town.

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Van Breda was found guilty of the murders in May. He was also found guilty of attempting to murder his sister, who survived the attack, and was sentenced to an additional 15 years in prison and one year for attempting to obstruct justice.

The van Breda family had once moved to Australia but returned several years ago.