Lotter mum's last words: 'I love you, son'

2011-11-02 00:00

“I LOVE you son,” Magdelene Lotter cried to her son Hardus, as he tried to subdue her with a stun-gun and viciously punched her before his sister Nicolette stabbed her to death with a hunting knife.

Hardus Lotter was testifying at the high court in Durban yesterday, before he once again broke down.

Evidence of satanic rituals carried out by the three accused of murdering Magdelene and her husband Johannes was all part of Hardus’s testimony as he was cross-examined by the state prosecutor and co-accused Mathew Naidoo’s lawyer.

“Naidoo was a cult leader and Nicolette and I were followers under his spell — we followed his instructions the whole time thinking that God spoke through him,” said Hardus.

He said that before it was decided that the killing was to take place, Naidoo conducted a prayer and used sunflower oil to draw a shepherd’s cross on their foreheads.

Naidoo also apparently told the siblings that if they did not listen to him, “horrible things will happen”.

“He told Nicolette that her breasts will be cut off and that I will be castrated or be infected with prostate cancer,” said Hardus, adding that Naidoo also told him that he would begin to go bald before pointing to his hair and telling the court, “look how it has thinned since.”

Hardus also said that Naidoo had performed a prayer with the dog so that he didn’t bark during the murders — which according to him appeared to have worked since the dog only started barking when the police came.

But it was later in his cross-examination that Hardus lost all composure and began to repent, crying and sobbing as he did so.

“I said I am sorry and I have opened my heart to you. That man there [pointing at co-accused Naidoo] has no conscience, he can just stand here and lie.

“He ruined my life. I did this thinking it was for God. I didn’t need the money — my mum and dad gave me everything I needed.

“I was studying. I even had a job lined up. That man came into our lives and took everything away. I have nothing now, nothing,” he cried.

Hardus testified further, without interruption from the lawyers or judge: “I am not a jealous person, I am reasonable and I’m not stupid, can’t you see? I was under his black magic, his evilness — if I could turn back time I would.”

He also revealed that his dad asked him why he was doing what he was doing while they were struggling, and even asked where his mum was.

“I couldn’t tell him the terrible thing we did to mum.

“I just told him that he needs to pay for his sins.”

According to him he was told by Naidoo not to listen to his own conscience or his parents’ resistance since that was the devil talking.

“He said that God wanted my parents gone, because they were preventing him from saving souls.”

Hardus explained that he had no one to confide in and lacked social skills and Naidoo preyed on that fact.

“He took advantage knowing that I believed in God 100%, he said he had the power of God and in my state I believed every word,” said Hardus.

He said there were little things that Naidoo used to make him believe he had God’s powers and that “we were in fact brothers”.

“Mathew told me that we both had a crooked tooth in the same place and it was true.

“He also said that I will begin to lose weight and it would be passed on to him, but now I know that he was gaining weight because he would sit in my sister’s room and eat all the time.”

The trial has been postponed until tomorrow.

Under cross-examination, Hardus could not fully explain the turnaround time for when he began to understand that Naidoo was just a con artist.

“I only realised what I did when the policemen began to interview me.

“I then knew that he was not going to protect us like he said he would, and it all became clearer,” he said.

• rowan.sewchurran

@witness.co.za

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