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Moodley's claims bizarre - Leigh's family

2012-01-26 08:21

Johannesburg - The parents of Leigh Matthews have rejected the new statements made in court by her convicted killer Donovan Moodley.

Moodley is currently bringing an application for a retrial in the South Gauteng High Court. He was found guilty of murdering the 21-year-old student following a kidnapping in 2004, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Eyewitness News
reports that the family dismissed Moodley’s version of events and said his testimony was “bizarre”.

Moodley claims he did not kill Matthews and said three drug dealers kidnapped her. He claims he was tortured to make a confession and says he was set up.

Sharon Matthews was in court on Wednesday and said afterwards that Moodley was a perfect case study of a sociopath, as all the proceedings were all about him.

She said she thought of her daughter and how frightened and scared she must have been during her kidnapping.

Leigh’s father, Rob, was also angered by Moodley’s new account of what had supposedly happened.

Leigh was shot dead nearly two weeks after her father made a ransom payment of R50 000.

Her body was later found in Walkerville.

Moodley's application for a retrial continues on Thursday.

 

Comments
  • Johan - 2012-01-26 08:27

    This retrial thing is stupid. If it succeeds every crim will try to do this and the judicial system will be even worse than it currently is

      pieterla - 2012-01-26 08:36

      The same thought crossed my mind Johan. If this is allowed for one, then everyone will want the same treatment. What amazes me and we have seen this with the Shake, The Pol Commissioner and now DM, they do the crime but are to scared to face the result of there actions. #poorexampleofhumancharacter

      Elle-Black - 2012-01-26 08:41

      It wont succed but i must say he is getting really annoying,he needs to shut it and take it like a man (no pun intended)

      procold2 - 2012-01-26 08:49

      he,s a twit and doesnt deserve to be alive,1980's he would have been hung,waist of court time and gov money ,he is an oxygen thief.

      trevor.charles3 - 2012-01-26 08:50

      Don't know what to say, maybe he knows the truth ????

      Priyal - 2012-01-26 09:22

      No doubt he got what he deserved and should stay behind bars. BUT there's still missing pieces here. I'm curious.

      dean.obree - 2012-01-26 09:43

      dean.obree - January 26, 2012 at 09:41 Report comment 1. What about the ring that he kept as a memento in his bedroom at his parents house.2. He was arrested at his parents house by Byleveld; and thnat was the first time they had laid eyes on each other.3. Before he left the house he sank to his knees and asked for forgiveness from his parents; this is before he even had cuffs put on him.4. When was he tortured? between his room and the lounge under full scrutiny of his family? 5.The ransom money that he got was never paid to the "Drug Dealers" for his supposed debt.6. The ransom money was spent on car / bike repairs and a holiday to the coast. I understand that he could / would have had accomplices; however if you know you are going to go to jail for life (boyfriend optional?; would you not plea bargain and spill the beans? You and your friends won't be put in the same jail. Like any criminal; he is TOXIC and only sorry that he has been caught out. He only showed remorse to his mom & dad; he has not even repented and asked Leigh's family.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-26 12:08

      I cant see the judge granting it. Everyone can see through this sociopath.

      Ann - 2012-01-26 13:50

      The chilling picture attached to this post is enough to send shivers down my spine. His eyes could quite easily be equated to "wet pebbles".

  • Ian - 2012-01-26 08:27

    bizzare and insane, I will be starting a petition requesting the government ensure ironclad rights for victims and there families, moodley is the weakest link in the human chain, he should be studied to see what makes sunch lunacy tick

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-01-26 12:54

      Open his head with a jigsaw while he is awake and see if it is a brain in their and how it works. I will do the cutting!!!

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2012-01-26 08:27

    this is a madman. He should stop wasting the countries money and be left to rot in jail. How can someone serving a life sentence in prison be allowed to grow his hair. Thought that prisoners had shaved hair!!!! but this is Africa...

      carpejugulim - 2012-01-26 12:15

      the sad thing is Lisa he will be eligible for parole in another 2 years time. It is time that the sentence lenght before parole eligibility is radically reassessed

  • celeste.rsa - 2012-01-26 08:34

    He looks like a nutcase!

  • Showerhead Zooma - 2012-01-26 08:39

    Hahaha, looks like this fool is tired of being the prison bitch. His backside is probably very sore. Now go back to your husband, and STFU.

  • Sandra - 2012-01-26 08:42

    This guy must NEVER NEVER be let out of prison. He's a sociopath for sure.

      colin.dovey - 2012-01-26 10:32

      Yup - they should go back to the old term: "Psychopath" - for him "Sociopath" is too gentle.

  • Xavier7034 - 2012-01-26 08:43

    He has spun so many different stories now that he should write a book - and then all the prisoners could use it for toilet paper. What about Leigh's parents - THEY are the victims of this circus clown

      Showerhead Zooma - 2012-01-26 08:48

      They don't need toilet paper. I hear that he is the human bidet in prison.

  • Sanet Oelofse - 2012-01-26 08:49

    They need to keep the inmates busy, too much time on their hands and DSTV allows them to come up with this BS.

  • Andrew - 2012-01-26 08:50

    Once again this is a waste of time and money. If any of his claims are true why were they not presented at his original trial. The only difference now is that he has had over 5 years to dream up this new bizarre tale. Just send him back to where he belongs.

  • Liz - 2012-01-26 08:50

    Bad reporting - she was found dead after two weeks - not shot after two weeks. From my recollections she was killed around the same time he kidnapped her

      planetdonovan - 2012-01-26 08:53

      bad reporting on news24? no way!

      arlene.hanns - 2012-01-26 15:45

      News24 cant get their story straight and most of the time we have to do our own research anyway just to get our facts straight.So much for reporting.

  • dlawre30 - 2012-01-26 08:53

    This clown pleaded guilty and now 7 years later comes up with this rubbish. He has been transferred to a JHB prison so that he can represent himself in court, maybe this is part of his ploy. The family are going through hell all over again. Put him back where he belongs and throw away the key.

  • phumlanii - 2012-01-26 08:53

    What if the guy is really honest and wants the truth to be known even though the judgement wont change. I think his case should be varified if it is legitimate.

      elizma.brand - 2012-01-26 11:31

      Phumi go and buy Piet Beylevelds book and read up about this case, this moron is as guilty as can be.

      Leslie - 2012-01-26 14:04

      Phumulani if he was really honest he would have said all this at his original trial.

  • John - 2012-01-26 08:54

    I don't give a toss about him. However, we cannot imagine what he is putting Leighs family through. Time must have started healing the wounds, and the family would have begun a new life. Now this will open it all up again, the wounds, pain, all the old reminders of what happened. Those shackles he's wearing are just too light.

  • mabotjak - 2012-01-26 08:56

    May be a re-investigation should be conducted. He could be telling the truth. It could be that he lied to protect his family as he claims, i say a case be re-looked. I get a strong felling that the wrong man is being crucified here,whist the real culprits are wondering the streets.

      Ashley - 2012-01-26 09:10

      I can only imagine the critics faces if at the end, he is telling the truth and they arrest the suspects with a confession!

      elizma.brand - 2012-01-26 11:32

      Read Piet beylevelds book, there he explain the whole case. This man is guilty, believe me.

      Hans - 2012-01-26 11:37

      Being an accomplice to a murder makes you as guilty. Maybe he did not do the killing himself BUT he was there for sure, that makes him as guilty. He kept her possessions and could have easily avoided this killing but chose not to. Greed makes one do stupid things. Maybe as a pastor, his father could afford many luxuries, but is that really an excuse to take someone’s life? This guy is hurting both families all over again. I am sure her family would also want all those involved also be locked up together with this idiot.

      Moi - 2012-01-26 12:27

      Be logical. If this really was the case, why on earth would he have waited 7 years before bringing this up????

      Leslie - 2012-01-26 14:07

      He had plenty of opportunity (and obligation) to tell the truth in the first place.

      Craig - 2012-01-27 02:10

      Not the wrong man, but it will be nice to see his accomplices behind bars too.

  • Gideon - 2012-01-26 08:57

    This is the sound of a deranged man grasping at straws that don't exist. It is possibly the biggest farce of the year thus far, and a massive slap in the face for the victim's family. It also doesn't make our justice system look particulalry good does it?

  • edan.suricate - 2012-01-26 09:02

    Wonder if someone got something under the table to get this retrial? Makes one nervous for the verdict!

  • Angela - 2012-01-26 09:04

    You know what Moodley , Leigh is resting but as for you I pray you continue to suffer until you meet your maker . What ever was the reason you had no right to take someones life . If they forced you , why did you not kill yourself or kill your mother .

      Moi - 2012-01-26 12:28

      Huh??? "we'll kill your mother"..."No, I'll do it myself"?????

  • Charlie - 2012-01-26 09:06

    What a creepy creature!

  • Oscar - 2012-01-26 09:17

    what a photo - the thing looks like an alien on drugs!

  • mario - 2012-01-26 09:18

    the man is sick in the head.

      Oscar - 2012-01-26 09:23

      how anyone can give you a thumbs down, I don't get Mario. Must be a trol

      Leslie - 2012-01-26 14:09

      Oscar, you learn fast. Trolls!! Must be Moodley supporters

  • nicky.vanderwalt1 - 2012-01-26 09:34

    I can't belive that the court allows a waste of time and resources like this!!!

  • Neil - 2012-01-26 09:36

    Lets make it simple - Give Moodley to me and Ill find out if he did it or not ( Mr & Mrs Matthews can be my translator )

  • Deon - 2012-01-26 09:36

    Ai,jai,jai.....can't believe they are actualy entertaining this, and make it news!!! Bet every convict now are going to claim " It was not me, i was set-up" BULLCRAP!!!!!

  • dean.obree - 2012-01-26 09:41

    1. What about the ring that he kept as a memento in his bedroom at his parents house.2. He was arrested at his parents house by Byleveld; and thnat was the first time they had laid eyes on each other.3. Before he left the house he sank to his knees and asked for forgiveness from his parents; this is before he even had cuffs put on him.4. When was he tortured? between his room and the lounge under full scrutiny of his family? 5.The ransom money that he got was never paid to the "Drug Dealers" for his supposed debt.6. The ransom money was spent on car / bike repairs and a holiday to the coast. I understand that he could / would have had accomplices; however if you know you are going to go to jail for life (boyfriend optional?; would you not plea bargain and spill the beans? You and your friends won't be put in the same jail. Like any criminal; he is TOXIC and only sorry that he has been caught out. He only showed remorse to his mom & dad; he has not even repented and asked Leigh's family.

  • Wendy - 2012-01-26 09:45

    Funny, they found the money and some of Leigh's personal effects at his home, wonder if the drug dealers that tortured him gave him the money because they felt sorry for him.

  • Joan - 2012-01-26 09:45

    You took that beautiful innocent young girl away from her family, deprived her of a future and you have the temerity to balk at sitting in prison at our cost. Monster - you are a prime example of why the death penalty in extreme circumstances should be implemented - you and those low lifes who attacked Alison Botha!!!

  • Henning - 2012-01-26 09:47

    His claims are preposterous, this clearly is a desperate man trying to get out of jail and would say and do anything to achieve this. My thoughts go out to the poor Matthews family who have to relive the hell they went through.

  • Larry - 2012-01-26 09:48

    This is just opening wounds so that there is no healing for the family. Moodly should be Jailed for eternity, the scumbag.

  • Elize - 2012-01-26 09:48

    Elize: Why does Moodley only now come out with the "truth" if he was innocent during trail, why did he not get an Attorney to represent him why do it on your own? Surely his family could have protection if he was so called scared of the drug dealers. Or was he scared more crap will come out? Moodley must remember one thing Piet Beyl is there to do his job and to get information out of criminals like him and to solve the case and to stop more murders! Whish there was more people like Piet Beyl in the SAPD with a passion for there work!!

      alanaR.rodriguez - 2012-01-26 13:50

      Pitty our ace detective has retired, I would have loved it if he paid this scum a visit!! Even in his own version of "the truth" he is contradicting himself, one minute Piet forced him to confess, the next he did so because he feared for his saftey.... PLEASE!! Perhaps Piet's retirment made him think he stands a chance... sorry for him, Piet did not do his work half hartly, there will be NO loop holes, NO gaps I am sure he will stay right where he belongs... in jail! Long live the Piet Beyl reputation, our ACE!

      Leslie - 2012-01-26 14:12

      I wonder why he no longer fears for his family?

  • Tlhoka - 2012-01-26 10:03

    MY MOTHER WAS MURDERED IN DECEMBER,SO I DON'T WANT TO SEE ANY CONVICTED MURDERER COME OUT OF JAIL INCLUDING DONOVAN.MY MOTHER'S KILLER'S ARE STILL WALKING FREELY EVEN THOUGH WE KNOW THEM,SOUTH AFRICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM SUCK'S.

      elizma.brand - 2012-01-26 11:34

      So sorry Tlhoka!!!

      Moi - 2012-01-26 12:32

      So sorry for your loss.

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-26 14:13

      Sorry for your loss Tlhoka :(

      Omnivore - 2012-01-26 15:33

      Sorry to hear this. Criminals should be crushed but so many of our politicians are so crooked that they have to be soft on crime, lest they get caught themselves.

      arlene.hanns - 2012-01-26 15:48

      Sorry about your loss Tlhoka.The SA Justice system is a joke anyway.

  • Stuka - 2012-01-26 10:20

    Gollum! Gollum!

  • Barbara - 2012-01-26 10:45

    If Moodley was suposed to have been tortured when were the signes and evidence of it at the prelim hearings and trial - nothing! Byleveld maintained Moodley had an accomplice who kept Leigh's body in a fridge for several days - Moddley has/had an uncle who is a butcher. Sound plausible. Has uncle died or cut Moodley off so that is why he wants to come out with more allegations? Moodley is a sociopath - look at all the previous reported trial transcripts and evidence. He must shut up and take his medicine and stop wasting the court's time and upsetting the Matthews family any more.

  • foxiloxi - 2012-01-26 11:31

    This man is a textbook sociopath - He honestly believes that he is too clever for the lot of us mere mortals, he has a grandoise sense of self, he is a pathological liar, there is no remorse, shame or guilt for what he has done!! This guy needs to be locked up so he never sees the light of day again!! he will without a doubt do this again!!

  • Colin - 2012-01-26 11:48

    he speaks with forked tongue........ chuck him back in jail and never let him out

  • paullombard17 - 2012-01-26 12:06

    Candice De Long would have a field day with this nutter..Just looking at the above pic of him makes me shudder.Moodley stop with the Bulls*it and take accountability.

  • Cristina - 2012-01-26 12:23

    Animal!!!..no I take it back, Animals are kinder than you were ever to poor Leigh!!! please rot in prison!!

  • Charmain - 2012-01-26 12:29

    what is he playing at I know our system is up to sh*t but not all are stupid th fall for his story. When they found him they should have shot him.

  • CarlS - 2012-01-26 13:12

    I'm really disappointed to see that this oke is still capable of sitting.

  • Sumaya Marcus-Pillay - 2012-01-26 13:31

    What could the Moodleys be going through? They also 'lost' a son....

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-26 14:16

      The Moodleys have not LOST a son, they can still pay him a visit in prison, and I am certain like most others that they are filling up the courtroom listening to their deranged son. Leigh's parents have LOST a daughter, I cannot even think what they have been put through at the time of her death. He needs to rot in prison and never see the time of day!

  • alanaR.rodriguez - 2012-01-26 13:41

    This idiot needs to decide.... did Piet force him to confess or did he confess for the sake of his own saftey, even in his own "version of the truth" he is contradicting himself! I really hope this is the very last time we have to hear or read about this SCUM!! I hope adter this they lock YOU up and through away the key Donavan Moodley!

  • Tracy - 2012-01-26 14:31

    Seriously??? Wasting precious court time & tax-payers money.

  • Ailwei - 2012-01-26 14:51

    Fuc#k you Moodly, your lies put you where you belong, jou gat!!

  • Sanjay - 2012-01-26 15:09

    bull**it .to take a life and still not have remorse!!send him to saudi arabia

  • arlene.hanns - 2012-01-26 15:38

    LLeigh's (rest her soul)the only one who could say what actually happened and now this guy is giving a different story every chance he gets.Go back to "Papa" boy....hy wag vir jou!

  • arlene.hanns - 2012-01-26 15:46

    Maybe he should consider pulling a "Shabir"....get your family to pay a doctor and say you're terminal.Then him and Shaikie boy can tee off together on the 18th hole and enjoy some cocktails afterwards.This is of course when this very weak attempt fails.

  • yazeed.khan1 - 2012-01-26 16:01

    There is 2 options Moodley should be given:- 1.) If he does not provide more information on the "other surposed suspects" he should be tortured and then hanged. 2.) or just hang him anyway

  • BadRoy1 - 2012-01-26 16:26

    Donovan thinks he is clever and thinks that everyone is stupid. Donovan you are a idiot and you think with your lies you can walk free......think again!!

  • Hallo - 2012-01-26 16:49

    Either way, it is very unlikely he did it alone. It seems more likely that she was involved with drug dealers.

      Aphrodite - 2012-01-26 19:11

      F-OFF!! TROLL!!!

  • Louise - 2012-01-26 20:45

    He must be given a muzzle for good now, he should not be allowed to keep going to court and telling lies it must be so distressing for Leighs family to be subjected to this. They have gone through enough.

  • Ian - 2012-01-26 21:16

    I feel sick hearing his name, please make him go away ;(