A teenage girl who suffered horrific injuries in a brutal axe attack that killed her mother, father and eldest brother, is unlikely to ever know for sure what happened.
A year ago today, millionaire businessman Martin van Breda, his wife Teresa and their eldest son Rudi, 22, were killed in a frenzied axe attack.
The family was at home in their South African mansion in the exclusive gated De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate in Stellenbosch, east of Cape Town.
Marli, then 16, and her brother Henri, 20, both survived the attack.
Marli, a former Perth student, was found with serious head wounds and a severed jugular. She suffered brain injuries, and her lawyer said this week that she is unlikely to fully regain her memory.
“Marli is doing very well. Her recovery has been nothing short of miraculous given the extent and severity of the injuries that she sustained,” Louise Buikman said.
“She is very well physically. Mentally, she is also coping remarkably well.”
Marli lives with her aunt and uncle, and is said to be recovering well.
“She is obviously terribly sad about the loss of her parents and her brother. [But] Marli and her family wish to grieve in private.”