Marli van Breda, the former Perth schoolgirl who survived a horrific family massacre, put up a big fight against the axe-wielding culprit, judging by the defensive wounds she suffered, a pathologist told a South African court.
Harrowing evidence emerged this week in the Western Cape High Court, including that it likely took nearly three hours for Marli’s oldest brother Rudi van Breda to succumb to his massive injuries.
Their other sibling, Henri van Breda, is standing trial, after pleading not guilty to murdering their parents Martin, 54, and Teresa, 55 and his 22-year-old brother Rudi as well as attempting to murder then-16-year-old Marli in the family’s home in the exclusive De Zalze estate in Stellenbosch in January 2015.
Forensic pathologist Dr Daphne Anthony said Marli had suffered multiple defensive wounds on her hands and
Donna Nayler has seen things that would make even the most hardened criminal shudder.
Blood-spattered homes, decomposing bodies and the acrid, stinking remnants of suburban meth labs are all in a day’s work for the 30-year-old Gold Coast woman since she gave up full-time hairdressing to be a professional crime scene cleaner.
For six years, Ms Nayler has worked on some of the most gruesome tasks imaginable – turning scenes of bloody mayhem back into normal homes that appear ‘as if nothing has happened’ after police collect the evidence they need.
‘Once I walked into a house and found a girl who had been completely gutted by her boyfriend – it rocked me to the absolute core,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
After giving up full-time hairdressing, Donna Nayler (pictured)