‘Pathological liar’ Naidoo found guilty of Lotter murders

2012-03-13 14:29

A “pathological liar” who fancied himself cleverer than the police and whose arrogance had been evident during his testimony.

This is how Mathew Naidoo (25) was described by judge Shyam Gyanda while passing judgment in the so-called Lotter case in the Durban High Court today.

Naidoo was found guilty on two counts of murder, alongside his former girlfriend Nicolette Lotter (29) and her younger brother, Hardus (23), for the killings of the siblings’ parents.

Maria Magdalena (52), popularly known as “Rieke”, and Johannes Petrus Lotter (53) were found dead in their Westville home in 2008.

Court A at the Durban High Court turned into a media circus as journalists jostled for positions to better read the trio’s expressions after judgment was passed.

Media were allowed for the first time to record the proceedings in what has been a case marked by drama-filled testimony of brainwashing, bewitchment, exorcism and tokoloshe rapes.

The trio initially reported the murders as being the result of a break-in. The siblings pled not guilty and Naidoo later changed his plea to guilty on the grounds that he had covered up the murder to protect his former lover Nicolette.

Gyanda said Naidoo could only be described as a “pathological liar”, adding that the manner in which he solicited information from the siblings was that of “a con artist who later used it as if he could see into the past and forecast the future”.

“Naidoo proved to have a great opinion of himself. He was arrogant towards council and retorts like ‘go for it’ and ‘oh come on’ during cross examination indicate that arrogance,” said Gyanda.

In what he described “as a unanimous decision of this court” Gyanda said the court believed that Naidoo sold himself as the son of God and as someone who could see into the past and influence the future.

As to how “university educated, church going and sophisticated middle class” people like Nicolette and Hardus were influenced to kill their own parents, Gyanda said the court had heard on numerous occasions through experts that “this sort of brainwashing has been used on an even larger scale to remove and re-align the beliefs of professional people like lawyers and business people to the point of mass suicides”.

Gyanda believed that Naidoo had knowingly taken advantage of Nicolette whom he said had been “a troubled individual” and Hardus who was “introverted, shy, with no friends, was mocked and ridiculed at school and whose life was spent in front of a computer”.

However, he said, while Naidoo might have altered their belief system to think that killing their parents was a measure to prevent them (the parents) from hindering the work of God, it was not impossible for them to walk away.

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