On January 27, 2015, three members of the van Breda family were viciously killed with an axe.
A fourth was left for dead.
The fifth member of the van Breda family, 20-year-old Henri, was charged and later convicted with the murder of his mother, father and brother, and the attempted murder of his little sister.
Henri, however, maintains his innocence.
The 60 Minutes team deep-dive into the case…
Throughout the aftermath of his family’s brutal slaying – his arrest, his trial, and finally his conviction – Henri has told the same story.
The former Perth school student says a “tall, black man wearing a balaclava, gloves and dark clothes”, broke into the family’s home in an exclusive golf estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and began killing his family with an axe.
Henri is not the only person who stands by his story.
In the months following his family’s unimaginable deaths, Henri began dating a woman named Danielle Janse van Rensburg.
When Danielle first met Henri she had no idea who he was. She then found out about the murders while searching online and confronted her new boyfriend.
“I found out through the internet. I saw an article, and then I saw him. I was like, ‘Oh. That really does make sense because he does not talk a lot about his family’,” she tells Liz Hayes on 60 Minutes.
Shocked, Hayes replies, “Your very first reaction was ‘Oh. Not Oh my God’?”
“I was very hurt,” Danielle says.
“I was actually, not hurt, but I felt really heartbroken for him.”