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Van Breda murder trial hears horrific evidence

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

Read more at: https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/van-breda-murder-trial-hears-horrific-evidence-ng-b88489270z

Van Breda murder trial hears horrific evidence | The West Australian

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

Read more at: https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/van-breda-murder-trial-hears-horrific-evidence-ng-b88489270z

London manslaughter trial hears efforts to treat stabbing victims

By the time paramedics got Shane Sturgess to the hospital, his pulse was too weak to find.

Sturgess had already lost a lot of blood, Middlesex-London EMS paramedic Matthew Procek testified Tuesday at Frederick Oag’s manslaughter trial.

The puncture wound to Sturgess’s upper thigh had cut the left femoral artery, a major artery in the body, and blood had been spurting out.

But that had stopped by the time the ambulance pulled into Victoria Hospital and Sturgess was raced into the trauma unit.

The dramatics of trying to save Sturgess, 44, and the paramedics’ dealings with his wounded friend Mark Desousa, 43, shortly after they had been stabbed was the focus of the Superior Court jury trial Tuesday morning.

Oag, 41, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and aggravated assault in the altercation Nov. 9, 2014, with Sturgess and Desousa outside his door.

The jury has heard that there was a confrontation between Oag and

Read more at: http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/16/london-manslaughter-trial-hears-efforts-to-treat-stabbing-victims

Frederick Oag trial: Crime scene photos showed bloody stairwell where Shane Sturgess was found

In the early stages of criminal trials, evidence often rolls out like a jigsaw puzzle — sometimes the pieces don’t seem to fit yet.

The hope is by the end of the case, what seemed unusual to focus on at the beginning will make sense.

So it is at Frederick Oag’s Superior Court trial on charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault, which began before a jury of nine women and three men in London this week.

Oag, 41, has pleaded not guilty to the charges in connection with the stabbing death of Shane Sturgess, 45, and the injuring of Mark Desousa on Nov. 9, 2014.

The basic narrative is that Sturgess and Desousa were heading home from the bars at about 3 a.m. when there was a “confrontation” with Oag outside his residence at 150 Adelaide St. N.

Sturgess was stabbed in the leg, specifically in the femoral artery. He lost consciousness on the front step and died a

Read more at: http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/10/frederick-oag-trial-crime-scene-photos-showed-bloody-stairwell-where-shane-sturgess-was-found

Frederick Oag trial: Police officer describes finding two men with multiple stabs wounds

Const. Travis Wintjes could see a woman waving him down on Adelaide Street as he and his emergency response unit partner drove up to the site of a reported stabbing.

The woman was near a man in a yellow sweatshirt who was on the sidewalk outside of 150 Adelaide St., just south of Hamilton Road. Another man was in the driveway.

The woman was pointing for him to go to the house. As he walked up to it, Wintjes, who was the first witness at Frederick Oag’s manslaughter trial, said he discovered one more man, this one sitting on the stoop facing the front door bent at the waist with his head between his legs and with one arm over the railing.

“Are you OK? Are you OK,” Wintjes said he asked the man, later identified as Shane Sturgess.

Sturgess, 45, was motionless, Wintjes said. His hair, black leather coat and blue jeans were

Read more at: http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/09/frederick-oag-trial-police-officer-describes-finding-two-men-with-multiple-stabs-wounds

Haverty murder trial Day 3: Bloody crime scene photos shown to jury

(Editor’s note: This story contains subject matter and language that some may find offensive).

Graphic photos of the crime scene, victim and accused were put on display on Day 3 of Sean Wade Haverty’s first degree murder trial Wednesday.

Photos included Schweitzer’s body laying beneath a yellow emergency blanket, a closely-cropped photo of the gunshot wound on Schweitzer’s neck taken at the autopsy, a photo of the bloodstained white T-shirt Schweitzer was wearing when he was shot and pictures of Haverty’s bleeding and badly lacerated face caused by being hit in the face by a glass bong by Schweitzer just before he shot him.

There were also photos of a bullet hole in a door frame, the second shot that Haverty fired that missed Schweitzer.

Members of Schweitzer’s family, including his mother, remained outside the courtroom while the graphic photos were being shown.

The day was spent mostly talking about the blood found at

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Read more at: https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/haverty-murder-trial-day-3-bloody-crime-scene-photos-shown-to-jury-581184

Garland guilty: Twitter reacts to the trial that gripped a nation

In the summer of 2014 an Amber Alert made national headlines. Calgarians and Canadians held their collective breath, hoping five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents would surface safe .

This after Nathan’s mother, Jennifer O’Brien, discovered a bloody crime scene and her parents and son missing the morning of June 30, 2014 — prompting police to open an exhaustive investigation that would span more than two years.

Read more at: http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2017/02/16/garland-guilty-twitter-reacts-to-trial-that-gripped-a-nation.html

Opening statements at Van Note double murder trial focus on father-daughter relationship, possible other suspect

“When you boil it down, you have a father’s fortune at stake, favorable expiring estate tax laws and defendant’s phone call at the scene,” Gilley concluded. “Follow the money. An intelligent, but bankrupt child, who despised her father.” Bath said police never investigated a man with a violent past whom William allegedly made a loan to and was the last person William made contact with before the attacks.

The disputed relationship, or lack thereof, between Susan Van Note and her father William Van Note was the subject of opening statements by the prosecution and defense team Tuesday morning in the second day of the double-homicide trial. 

Prosecuting Attorney Michael Gilley and lead defense attorney Tom Bath each spoke for about a half hour explaining to members of the jury the type of evidence they would be presenting and their theories to what happened

Read more at: http://www.lakenewsonline.com/news/20170207/opening-statements-at-van-note-double-murder-trial-focus-on-father-daughter-relationship-possible-other-suspect