Donovan Moodley's bid for retrial fails
Johannesburg - Convicted murderer Donovan Moodley has had his application for a retrial rejected by the South Gauteng High Court.
Judge Joop Labuschagne said Moodley's case, in which he represented himself, was riddled with inconsistencies, and it is not in the interests of justice that the facts of the case be reopened and amplified.
"In my view, this application is a desperate attempt by the applicant not to reveal the truth, but to run away from it," the judge said.
"I cannot find that there is a possibility that another court will come to a different conclusion."
Moodley was found guilty in 2005 of kidnapping and killing student Leigh Matthews, and of extorting money from her father.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment.