Drama, grisly evidence at Lotter murder trial

2011-10-28 00:00

ANXIETY attacks and revelations about the third son of God, “Mathias AKA Mathew Naidoo” caused drama in the Durban High Court when the Lotter trial continued yesterday.

At a loss for answers, Lotter murder co-accused Naidoo lost his balance and went limp at the sight of graphic postmortem pictures of the Lotter siblings’ murdered parents.

Magistrate Shyam Giyanda called for an interval so that Naidoo could gather himself and return to the stand.

Inconsistencies and contradictions in Naidoo’s statement, which he said he was coached into giving, didn’t hold water and Naidoo admitted to purchasing several items used in the murders.

Naidoo also claimed that he was called Mathius (referred to in the Bible as a disciple of Jesus) by people whom he considered closer than family and denied allegations that he manipulated the Lotter siblings based on their extreme commitment to their faith.

Giyanda said that there was not an “iota of evidence” to show that Naidoo was put under any duress or assaulted in any manner, as he claimed, before giving his full confession.

On that note the state closed its case and Hardus Lotter, believed to have done the bulk of the killing, came to the stand.

Speaking loud and clear, Hardus still cut a timid figure as he was asked to verify previous statements and questioned by his counsel.

“Mathew was my sister’s boyfriend and we were like brothers in the beginning,” he told the court.

He said his mother liked Naidoo, but his father didn’t approve because they didn’t date outside of religion or race.

“Mathew began staying over at our house and later he began to talk in a strange voice telling me that he was the third son of God and that he has a message for me,” said Lotter.

Naidoo apparently told him that their father, Johannes, was an evil man and had raped his sister previously.

Lotter said he believed Mathew, who was very convincing.

“He knew things that no one would know, stuff that I only prayed about.”

Naidoo allegedly told Hardus that his parents had to get “a wake-up call”.

Numerous attempt to end his father’s life failed.

“We went to the Botanical Gardens and he [Mathew] trapped some sap from a plant labelled ‘extremely poisonous’. He asked me to drop it into my father’s whisky, but my father noticed the discolouring and threw it out.”

Later Nicolette and Hardus apparently bought pure alcohol, again under Naidoo’s instruction and attempted to poison the father, but this just made him more drunk.

Hardus claimed that Naidoo tested a Tazer gun on him until he fell unconscious to ensure it would work on his parents.

The plan, according to Hardus, was elaborate and included him and his sister fabricating stories about two people threatening their parents’ lives previously.

Naidoo even told them to open cases with the police.

The trial resumes today with Hardus still on the stand.

•rowan.sewchurran@witness.co.za

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