Tycoon's son who hacked his family to death in 'savage crime of unbridled cruelty' is lo
A tycoon's son has been locked up for life in a South African jail for brutally hacking his parents and older brother to death with an axe - leaving his younger sister, who survived the attack, to inherit the family's £12million fortune.
Henri Van Breda appeared impassive as a judge sentenced him to three life sentences for the grisly killings of his parents Martin, 54, and Teresa, 55, and brother Rudi, 22, in Stellenbosch, a scenic town in a wine-growing area near Cape Town, in 2015.
Van Breda, 23, also received a 15-year sentence in the Western Cape High Court for the attempted murder of his sister Marli, then 16, at the time of the attacks.
She suffered severe head injuries in a bloody onslaught that Judge Siraj Desai described as 'cold-blooded' murder.
Van Breda also received a one-year sentence for obstructing justice after the court concluded that he inflicted injuries on himself to try to mislead police.
Scroll down and watch the moment Henri van Breda is sentenced
It means that he will lose his £6million inheritance from the family estate as he is not allowed under South African law to benefit financially from his crime.
Therefore, the family's £12m fortune will all go instead to his surviving sister who told investigators her older brother had always treated her as a 'princess' but she has no recollection of the attack.
Their father Martin was the managing director of an international real estate company as well as MD of 25 other companies and made his fortune from property and investments.
Van Breda (left, with his family) was sentenced to three life sentences for the murder of his father Martin, mother Teresa, and older brother Rudi. He also tried to savagely murder his teenage sister Marli (second from left)
Van Breda's girlfriend Danielle Janse van Rensburg, who began dating him a year after the brutal murders took place, embraces family members at the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town
Van Breda's jailing means the family £12m fortune will all go instead to his surviving sister Marli (pictured)
Culled from Daily Mail