When Judge Siraj Desai read out the guilty charge on Monday at the Western Cape High Court, the entire room gasped. Three years after the brutal murder of three members of his family, justice was served in the Henri van Breda triple-axe murder trial.

Desai found Henri guilty of three counts of premeditated murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of obstructing justice – after he hacked his parents and siblings with an axe. Sentencing will be handed out on June 5.

Here are some unseen pictures from the courtroom on Monday.

A cold, wet day outside the Cape Town High Court.


Henri van Breda enters the courtroom with is girlfriend Danielle Janse van Rensburg.

Henri enters the courtroom with his lawyers.


The media take pictures of Henri as he stares blankly ahead.






Presiding Judge Sir Desai.


Henri stands as the judge enters the courtroom.


Henri chats to his legal counsel Advocate Pieter Botha.


Danielle is seen worried and concerned, clutching onto a woman.


Henri stands while the verdict is being read out.


Danielle in tears during the verdict.




Henri is cuffed by a police officer after he is found guilty of premeditated murder.



Henri is led away to spend his first night in jail as a convicted killer.


Pictures: Jotham van Tonder and Nidha Narrandes

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Nidha Narrandes

Nidha Narrandes is a food-obsessed travel addict with 21 years of journalism experience. Her motto - Travel. Eat. Repeat. She is happiest on a road to nowhere without a plan. A masterchef at home, she can't do without chilli - because chilli makes the world a tastier place.