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Lotter sister not ready to talk

2012-03-19 19:59

Johannesburg - The sister of Nicolette and Hardus Lotter was not ready to talk to her siblings who were jailed on Monday for murdering their parents.

Speaking through her lawyer Piet Matthee, Christelle Lotter said she was glad the case had reached finality, but she was not ready to face her siblings.

"She says everything is still very unreal and incomprehensible and that the case has reached finality," said Mathee.

He said his client noted the "big difference" between her brother's sentence and that of Nicolette's ex-boyfriend Mathew Naidoo.

Nicolette and Hardus were sentenced to 12 and 10 years’ imprisonment respectively.

Last week, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court convicted Hardus, Nicolette and Naidoo of murdering Maria Magdalena "Riekie" Lotter, 52, and her husband Johannes Petrus "Johnny" Lotter, 53, in their home in Durban on July 19 2008.

On Monday, Judge Shyam Gyanda sentenced Nicolette to 12 years' imprisonment for each of the murders. The sentences would run concurrently and she would be eligible for parole in 10 years.

Hardus, 23, was jailed for 10 years on each count, also to run concurrently. He would be eligible for parole in six years.

Mastermind

Gyanda said he had taken into account that they had spent 44 months in prison awaiting trial.

Imposing two life sentences on Naidoo, 25, the judge said there were no compelling circumstances in his case to depart from the prescribed sentence of life imprisonment.

He found that Naidoo was the mastermind behind the double murder plot.

Gyanda said there was enough evidence to confirm that the Lotter siblings had been influenced by Naidoo to the extent they claimed.

The Lotters had testified that Naidoo told them he was the third son of God and that God wanted their parents dead for their sins.

The original plot had been to taser the Lotters' parents to knock them out then inject them with air bubbles to bring about heart attacks.

When that went wrong, Naidoo had told Nicolette to stab her mother and Hardus to strangle his father.

In handing down the sentences on Monday, Gyanda said society would be aghast if the siblings were to get away with a slap on the wrist and either correctional supervision or a suspended sentence.

He said like-minded people had to be deterred from committing crimes like this or else a belief in witchcraft and the occult, such as Nicolette's, would allow people to escape liability.

Comments
  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-19 20:37

    Must be a massive hurdle to try and reconcile seeing your brother and sister become alien beings. People that you grew up with and saw in one way, had memories of through life's stages and all the big and small moments every family goes through. We the public - who only 'met' these people because of their viciousness and cruelty - cannot make sense of it. Imagine how hard it must be for the sister to cope with. So please media, leave her alone.

  • Schmee - 2012-03-19 21:05

    My heart goes out to her. I cannot even imagine what she must be going through. I hope she gets good counseling. Together the three distroyed so many lives. And coming to think about it, Naidoo is not the brightest crayon in the box. Even if they managed to get it right the police would have been suspicious. How do two people in the same household die of heart attacks at the same time?

  • george.pito - 2012-03-19 22:02

    It is so sad then the parents also why were they not in control of this kids. Then I suppose words are easy but how do things like this happen.

  • Christopher - 2012-03-20 05:01

    Again where is the Judge getting this idea that Witchcraft was involved in this murder .This is ridiculous. These appear to be very Crazy Christians, what does Witchcraft have to do with it? Third son of God? Wake up folks. This is supposed t be the 21st Century, not the 15th Century, at least it is in the rest of the world,if not n South Africa.

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