Moodley’s story ‘riddled with improbabilities’

2012-02-01 08:32

Convicted murderer Donovan Moodley’s supposed “true story” of the events surrounding the kidnapping and death of Leigh Matthews was barely believable, Judge Joop Labuschagne said.

“The applicant’s ‘true story’ is riddled with improbabilities,” he said in the High Court in Johannesburg while delivering judgment in Moodley’s application to appeal his conviction. The application was denied.

He said Moodley’s statement that he had been offered R1 million by three men to help them kidnap another man was also questionable.

“It is in my view ridiculous,” said Labuschagne.

Moodley was found guilty in 2005 of the murder and kidnapping of Matthews (21) and of extorting money from her father.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder, 15 years for the kidnapping, and 10 years for the extortion.

Labuschagne said he needed to take into account the delay in approaching the court. An application to appeal was meant to be made within 14 days.

“In my view he has failed to properly explain why it took him nearly six years.”

The fact that Moodley had admitted to committing the crime was further ammunition against considering the appeal, the judge indicated.

“The applicant repeatedly confirmed his guilt for a number of years.”

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