Danielle Janse Van Rensburg, the young woman who started dating the convicted axe murderer, Henri Van Breda, a year after he went on trial for the murder of three murders of his family speaks out.
Breaking her silence for the first time since then, in a television interview with 60 minutes Australia, Janse Van Rensburg attempted to dispel some of the "myths" around the young man who brutally murdered his mother, father and older brother.
Janse Van Rensburg said that the allegations that Henri was a drug user, and that his drug of choice was 'tik' were all untrue, as were the allegations that the 23-year-old was emotionless throughout the trial.
Henri is not the cold-blooded murderer portrayed by the media and the prosecution, but is himself a victim, she said to 60 minutes.
EXTRA #60Mins | Henri van Breda's drug taking history, watching an axe murdering documentary on the night of the attack, and falling asleep in court during sentencing. - Danielle Janse Van Rensburg responds to all the myths surrounding Henri's murder trial. pic.twitter.com/88m5MqbgGs— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) July 30, 2018
While the evidence against Van Breda has been largely described as damning, Jansen Van Rensburg simply rejected those claims by saying that " to us, the evidence isn't really damning." She revealed that Henri’s claims that he had a seizure during the killings helped his story make more sense to her.
"It’s not necessarily the reason‚ it just does put a lot of things together," Janse Van Rensburg said in the interview. "Maybe things that I was previously a bit confused about absolutely made sense."
The couple only became an item a year after the crimes were committed. Both were enrolled at a cooking course at a chef school in Salt River in February 2016.