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Naidoo denies role in Lotter murder

2012-03-13 22:26

Durban - Moments after being found guilty by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on Tuesday, Mathew Naidoo denied planning or taking part in the murders of his former girlfriend's parents.

Speaking to reporters from the dock during a break in proceedings, he said: "I just got found guilty today for murder. I have been found guilty. I accepted that, but I have not committed this crime."

He was found guilty along with Durban brother and sister Hardus and Nicolette Lotter of murdering their parents.

Judge Shyam Gyanda said Naidoo, who was Nicolette's boyfriend at the time, was the mastermind behind the plot to murder the Lotter parents - Maria Magdalena Lotter, 52, and her husband Johannes Petrus "Johnny" Lotter, 53, - in their Durban home on July 19 2008.

Judge Gyanda, sitting with two assessors, found the siblings had been influenced by Naidoo, who told them he was the third son of God. However, he said they still had the ability to differentiate between right and wrong.

Naidoo said after his conviction that he expected to be handed two life sentences when the court reconvened on Monday for sentencing.

Asked what sentences he thought the Lotter siblings would receive, he said: "To be honest with you, I don't wish for anyone to be here. I don’t wish for anyone to be sentenced or to be found guilty of serious crimes. It’s not a good thing.

"I can’t wish evil on other people and not wish the same fate on myself. That would be very wrong. At the end of the day, I don't understand why this crime was committed.

"I do feel for my ex-girlfriend and I do feel for my former friend.”

He said he still had to decide whether he would appeal against his conviction. He said he had "nothing against this judge" who found him to be a pathological liar.

"I have no grievance against anyone. They are doing their job. If the evidence before court and what they can make sense of is to view me as a pathological liar, why must I have any grievance against the opinion he has?"

He maintained his innocence and he believed the media would "twist" every word he said and portray him as an evil person.

"I don’t want to go to hell. I’ve done nothing to go to hell in the first place. I know I am not an evil person. I know I have not killed anyone," he continued.

"I have not planned any murders, neither have I convinced anyone to do it."

Comments
  • Mfosi - 2012-03-13 22:48

    Evil nutjob!!!!

      J-Man - 2012-03-14 08:15

      Exactly. Lock this freak up and throw away the key.

  • john.h.viljoen - 2012-03-13 23:32

    youre going to rot like them both.good ridance.no appeal!

  • Bokfan - 2012-03-14 00:19

    Texas has a method for scum like you. Viva Texas

  • elspeth.hassall - 2012-03-14 02:07

    Remember the "Carry On" films? They are going to make a come back! Name? "Carry on Lieing" LOL

  • Patrick - 2012-03-14 07:06

    Sad how the press cling to his every word. Making him a folk hero.

  • Dijon - 2012-03-14 07:16

    What i don't understand is why Christelle left home after the fight with her family and why didn't she stand united with her parents to get Mathew out of the house?!

      kerry.tavares - 2012-03-14 10:39

      I somehow doubt she expected the 3 of them to murder her parents? Lucky for her that she did leave I reckon or she would also be dead?

  • Nasiefa - 2012-03-14 07:27

    Yeah Right #rolling eyes

  • Sandra - 2012-03-14 07:29

    Sounds like another Donovan Moodley Put them all in jail for life.

      Nirosha - 2012-03-14 09:40

      Im sorry but you can't compare a cold blooded killer to this person. Not sure how a person who is younger than the other two can have such profound influence on them that they can take the lives of their own parents. You have to have criminal intentions of your own to do this deed and be absolutely devoid of feelings. Its easy to put blame on someone else.

  • Michelle - 2012-03-14 07:50

    "All three accused had pleaded not guilty to the double murder, but Naidoo later changed his plea to guilty" extract from Daily News report. Just like the Moodley guy ~ I didn't do it, I did do it, God made me do it, someone else forced me to do it, I did do it, the tokolosh made me do it... for goodness sake tell the truth and stick to it - man up and take responsibility! And part of the reason Naidoo was such a bad apple is because he got fed bad food by his family???? or did I read that part incorrectly??? WTF????

      bluzulu - 2012-03-14 14:39

      If you can't see the that Matriarch is the and ringleader here, Something's ain't right.

  • Schmee - 2012-03-14 08:21

    Naidoo playing the "forgive them for they know not what they do" card?

      kerry.tavares - 2012-03-14 10:34

      Naturally as he is the "3rd son of God" LOL still wondering who the 2nd son is?

  • Lucky Manaswe - 2012-03-14 08:33

    This guy is creepy.

  • kasamkelo - 2012-03-14 08:39

    influenced or not - no single person can influence 2 adult minds to think alike. This is a clear plan to get rid of folks n enjoy what's left.

  • emma.barrycox - 2012-03-14 09:56

    Naidoo, was in up to his eyeballs but Nicolette was the instigator of the plan, every word that comes out of her mouth is a lie. Hardus stuffed up there plan's by not killing himself, if he had we would of been told a whole different story. Totally sickening that the judge drew parallels to Jonestown. All 3 deserve life x2 with out parole.

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-14 12:21

    This dude is taking the hit for the Matriarch . Stay away from them bro. see what s happened now

  • mcocksedge1 - 2012-03-14 12:50

    Prison is far too good for them. Why should WE pay for them to eat and stay warm!!!!!!!

  • Aaron - 2012-03-14 14:12

    to hell you WILL go

  • Paul - 2012-03-15 13:53

    @Nirosha - Do you live on this planet or just in your own mind ? Younger people unable to influence people older than them ? Really now . Go read a book or something .

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