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Nicolette Lotter was 'programmed to kill'

2012-03-19 22:36

Durban - Nicolette and Hardus Lotter acted with diminished responsibility when they murdered their parents, Judge Shyam Gyanda found in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Monday.

"I can't envisage how two normal people from a middle-class home could go about executing their parents... but for that influence," he said in sentencing them.

Last week, Gyanda convicted Hardus, Nicolette and her ex-boyfriend Mathew 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, he sentenced Nicolette to 12 years' imprisonment for each of the murders, with the sentences to run concurrently. 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.

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

Mastermind

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.

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.

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.

He said Naidoo's assault on Nicolette had been of a sexual nature and that evidence that he forced her to drink his urine had been undisputed.

Third son of God

"And if she could stoop to such low levels to obey him, it follows she did exactly what he wanted just to please him," said Gyanda.

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.

The judge said that if analysed, the entire case indicated that Naidoo was a cunning, conniving man who aimed to harm the Lotter family.

Threats

He had stolen money from them and had sent them threatening letters and cellphone messages.

He had bought surgical gloves and the needles with which to inject the Lotter couple, and when that plan went wrong told the siblings how their parents had to be killed while he went about setting up an alibi and keeping out of harms way.

The murders were terrible and had removed two useful and productive people from society for no apparent reason, said Gyanda.

Mrs Lotter was a teacher and her husband was a chemical engineer.

Earlier, Johnny Lotter's brother, Reverend Willem Lotter of the Dutch Reformed Church in Cape Town, gave evidence in mitigation of sentence.

He said that if the siblings' own parents could have stood in court to give evidence in mitigation for them, they would have.

Devoted parents

They had been devoted parents, had loved their children and had done their best for them.

He urged the brother and sister to take responsibility for their actions and to stop shifting the blame.

He told them that the high court of heaven had found them guilty of dishonouring their parents and of killing them.

The two became emotional when their uncle recalled their mother's last words: "I love you my children"; and their father's last words: "My son we can work this out."

He said most of the family were still grieving and many suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and had received psychological treatment.

The children's grandfathers were both in their 80s and were ill.

Their grandmother had stopped speaking after the murders and had died soon after from a stroke.

Death threats


Lotter said he had shared his brother and sister-in-law's agony and concern at receiving anonymous death threats [from Naidoo].

Security cameras were installed and his brother's company was so concerned it sent a private investigator from Germany to investigate.

Lotter said he and his sister Antoinette had visited the siblings in prison on Hardus's 21st birthday, which had started their process of forgiveness and reconciliation.

He apologised to the siblings in court for not giving them water when they were thirsty, for not visiting them in prison and not providing them with respectable clothes for their court appearances.

Although he hated what they had done, he still loved them.

"I would like to say I am committed to forgiving you."

Nicolette and Hardus needed intensive pastoral and psychological counselling, he said.

Programmed to kill


Nicolette had been abused, molested and programmed to kill, which she had and she now had to get over the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.

"My main concern is that to this day she is still preoccupied with witchcraft. I am concerned this needs to be addressed in the strongest way."

The evidence of clinical psychologist, Professor Lourens Schlebush, had helped him understand how the incident had come about, he said.

He hugged his nephew and niece before they were taken away to start serving their sentence.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga described the sentences as appropriate.

"It can never be overemphasised how important human life is," he said in a statement.

"We... accept that Naidoo had manipulated the two in committing these crimes, hence the disparity in sentences."

Comments
  • stefan.grundlingh - 2012-03-19 22:54

    The article doesn't provide context but I find it odd for a reverent to say "the high court of heaven had found them guilty of dishonouring their parents and of killing them." Of course they are guilty, but a Christian reverent should surely also speak of God's grace, mercy and forgiveness, which these two siblings are in desperate need of. Then again, it must be extremely difficult for anyone in the Lotter family to deal with their horrible loss. May God bless them all.

      Andre - 2012-03-19 23:15

      the reverand is simply reflecting the teaching of Paul in Rom 13:1-7. In chapter 12, Paul says that we are not to take vengeance, whihc belongs to God alone. that raises the question of whether God cares about justice in this world. Are we to just let people get away with evil behaviour. The answer is that, of course God cares about justice. That is what civil authorities / government is for. Of course, as you rightly point out, these 2 most certainly need God's grace and mercy. (As do we all!) But first one has to admit to one's wrongdoing. That is what the reverend was urging the lotter siblings to do.

      Stefanus - 2012-03-20 07:02

      Nicolette be careful. Just now you fall down the stairs while reading your bible. Yes Hardus, turn a bit more to camera. Lift that bible. Perfect. Say cheese.

      Janice - 2012-03-20 07:32

      I think the judge was very fair in this sad and difficult case.

      koo.doyle - 2012-03-20 07:38

      I don't think the judge was fair at all. Its sickening when people can fall back on the 'devil made me do it' syndrome instead of accepting responsibility for their actions!

      bluzulu - 2012-03-20 07:39

      Pathological liars and unscrupulous drug addicts utilizing religion for their gains and the Judge fell for it.....Sucker.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-20 09:28

      @Margie How can you say that? This women has a bible and believes it and god and jesus are true. She is a Christian and must be morally superior to non-Christians. Right?

      Leon - 2012-04-02 11:17

      Your children are just as open to influence. If you can believe in one thing without proof (god), it stands to reason that you can believe in all things without requiring proof. By teaching your children, religiously to believe, you open up their minds to be influenced like this. Not only did the Lotter daughter think her dark messiah had come (by her parents religious indoctrination); but she thought her DARK messiah had com (through liberal indoctrination). She was taught gullibility that edges on insanity since birth. How can you not blame her parents for their own deaths?

  • John - 2012-03-19 22:54

    Nicolette and Hardus Lotter ...... You made us also proggrammed with your act. ....Better stay in jail !!!!!

      sean.looney - 2012-03-19 23:16

      oh really? so therefor you are a better person than them? in some quarters your post would be considered a death threat!

      John - 2012-03-20 00:54

      Sean, Im better person than them. Do you want to know why Sean....? I didn't kill my parents.... Now go to sleep...

  • Cracker - 2012-03-19 22:55

    The judge was 100% right in his assessment of the situation. That is why he is a judge. Someone who can evaluate the facts and opinions and apply his mind accordingly. JUDGE, YOU DESERVE A HUGE AND PROLONGED SALUTE BY ALL RIGHT-MINDED PEOPLE, said with respect of course. If a drinker, the best of triple available on the marker for you, Sir.

      Yar - 2012-03-19 23:05

      @Cracker I believe that the honourable Judge has erred in his judgement. Unless the little monsters were insane, they are guilty of the mostevil of deeds. If they were unable to resist Naidoo's instructions to kill, then they are truly guilty of murder most foul.

      Cracker - 2012-03-19 23:28

      We were all young once and we all believed the most stupid of things.

      Yar - 2012-03-19 23:35

      Even when I was young I didn't believe that murdering one's parents was anything but wrong.

      Cracker - 2012-03-19 23:56

      @ Yar Good for you. But YOU were NOT the accused in this matter. And luckily for common sense also not the judge.

      Yar - 2012-03-20 07:05

      @Cracker I challenge your reasoning. Imagine you were the VICTIM or their family? You are excusing murder. "Gee whiz, it's not that bad, the parents are not really dead, only pretending!" Think man, think!

      Schmee - 2012-03-20 07:49

      @Cracker, the judge is sending out the wrong message. Yes we were all young once and believed in the most stupid things. But our fear of harsh consequences stopped us from taking things too far. I fear that this judgement is going to give other manipulative people ideas.

      koo.doyle - 2012-03-20 08:44

      Sorry Cracker but what a load of bull. The devil made me do it defence is pathetic at best, when do these two little psychos actually have to stand up and take responsibility for their actions? It seems like passing the buck is a national passtime.

      Andrew - 2012-03-20 13:47

      cracker the crackhead

      Leon - 2012-04-02 11:41

      Judges are people too! Their descisions are often steered by political climate and what is in "vogue". These are not gods; they are people who has an intimate knowledge of a set of rules that is as fallible as man himself. Never argeu that a or even a collection of laws is just. Always keep in mind that a law will only apply if a very rich man o

  • Yar - 2012-03-19 22:55

    Diminished Responsibility - CRAP your honour. Death penalty.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-20 04:11

      Agreed. If someone cannot differentiate right from wrong without God, or the Bible, or religion, then there's something very wrong with the individual. Stealing is wrong. Killing is wrong. Molesting children is wrong. Most other rational people know this without being told so by religion. A child knows he's being deceptive when he lies without ever even having heard of the bible. Wait a second. Isn't Christianity the one where God told Abraham to take his child to an altar and sacrifice him? I mean, I know that God stopped him seconds before he plunged the knife into his son's chest, but how can you say that this helps people differentiate right from wrong? It'd seem to me that this only blurs the line considerably! When people are convinced that they are inherently evil sinners, it makes it easier to do things they know are morally wrong.

      Schmee - 2012-03-20 08:01

      If oneday I do go off the rails I too shall stand on the stairs with bible in hand.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-03-19 23:11

    And who will be the victims the next time these 2 are "programmed to kill"?

      Brandon_Wilson - 2012-03-20 08:39

      @ zaatheist why don't you be honest with yourself at least - You've got so much against religion in perticular Christianity. Do you, as a atheist, feel threatened by our very existance? Why don't you ever comment on issues relating to your atheist believes - know to little perhaps?

      zaatheist - 2012-03-20 09:31

      @Brandon No particular preference for Christinanity. I consider all superstitions with the same contempt. I am an equal opportunity blasphemer. You ask why? Our rights and liberties are being questioned and imposed upon by theists who want their superstitions codified in public policy. If the people want to believe in God then they can go right ahead. Worship him/her/it in their homes and churches. Find all the comfort they want from their faith communities, their hymns and their rituals. But while they are at it, they must consider keeping their god out of my community’s science curriculum (i.e., intelligent design/creationism). And out of the country’s medical agenda (i.e., stem cell research, abortion and contraception). And out of the country’s laws (i.e., abortion). Most atheists are happy to live and let live, But, as long as believers insist on pushing their religion into our lives, we have no choice but to push it right back. AND Because people are killed because of their belief in God. Because people kill others because of their belief in God. Because bad public policy decisions are made because people want to follow a God’s will instead of relying on common sense and decency.

      lovenergy - 2012-03-20 10:36

      @Zaatheist, You are not doing any better by slandering their religion, yeah not all of us agree with Christianity but not all of us hold such a deep hate for any religion. We decide to practice is dislike for it by letting go of these religions and deciding for ourselves what we believe in if we want to believe in anything at all. I'm not going to try and fight every Christian or Jew just because I feel their religion holds no truth for me. Let each person decide for themselves, if you want people to give you that freedom of choice you need to return the favor.

      Andre - 2012-03-20 11:47

      @ zaatheist, your reasoning is fundamentally flawed in that you think that atheism is ethically and morally neutral. It isn't, for the simple reason that atheism is, itself, a religion. The atheist holds that he is the supreme being of the universe. As such, he believes that he is the rightful determiner of right and wrong. Atheists believe in the supremacy of man. That, my friend, is a religion! And so you have to ask yourself whether it is right for adherents of your religion (a decidedly minority religion in this country at that!), ought to have exclusive say in what goes on in the hospitals, schools, and halls of justice in this country. Lastly, BTW, 2 of the worst mass murderers in the history of the world, were atheists - namely Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. It was their belief that they would not be held accountable to any higher being that enabled them to do the terrible things that they did. So let's not seek to set up atheism as a paragon of moral virtue!

      Juanique - 2012-03-20 14:39

      Aaah Andre, thanks for your comment that actually makes so much sense, and make zaatheist look like a real twit, no wonder he/she hasn't responded, clearly not educated enough on christian religion or his/her own belief system to come back with an educated answer. zaatheist please can you get over yourself .... you are going on worse than most religious extremists, every comment I read there's a comment from you about rubbish religion etc etc .... We get it, you not a christian and you have huge problems with us christians and any other religion that believes in Gods and Devils .... now please do us all a favour and do what all extremists do well and strap a bomb to yourself and go blow up a prison in the name of you "superior" belief! you will be doing a public service ...

      debbie2.love - 2012-03-20 19:05

      zaatheist, atheism is a belief system. You may think that an atheistic worldview is a natural outcome of holding science as the only means of knowing the world. What you fail to understand is that science- real science- is a method of discovering PROVISIONAL truths- in other words, science says that "XYZ is PROBABLY true... UNTIL presentation of evidence to the contrary." In REAL science- not hijacked versions that so often pass these days- there is thus always room for the presentation of new evidence which may contradict previous knowledge. Atheism, in contrast, is a belief system that says "There is no God, finish and klaar", and leaves no room for the possible presentation of evidence to the contrary. If you were truly scientific about the God question you would be AGNOSTIC. Further, you have no right to speak on morals as an Atheist, unless you can identify your source of morality. Morality in an atheist universe is a meaningless concept. And don't say you yourself are the source, because remember, as per the standard atheistic-darwinistic-materialist worldview, you think you are just an accidental configuration of matter & nothing more. I'm not saying you don't behave morally, but I am saying you cannot invoke morality into any intellectual argument because your own worldview doesn't cater for the existence of the concept. Religion doesn't kill, dogma does. Atheism is yet another dogma. So be careful, you are blaming others for something you too are guilty of.

      Leon - 2012-04-02 11:50

      @Andre - "Suppremicy of man"? Just because we are intelligent does not make us supreme. Ants actually rule the world if we go by body mass alone. You, religious folk hold man in the esteem it is. You disregard nature because you have this mythical soul. Us atheists are just sorry we have to share a species classification with you war mongering (any excuse for a fight; because we don't share the same ethics,god, ten or primary rules) people. It reflects badly on the development of Homo-Sapien-sapien as a whole. If you want to discriminate; use biology. Some of it is suppressed for liberal aims; but it's just so much clearer than a bronze aged lie.

  • Singatha - 2012-03-19 23:17

    "God wanted their parents dead for their sins." Exactly what were their sins?

      Juan - 2012-03-20 02:46

      By the same token we should all be commiting suicide right now as we are all sinners.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-19 23:28

    The same bibles they are holding "before their sentencing" are now not allegedly the ones that made them kill? So the next tik-gerook who pleads to being tik-gerook in mitigation, can also have another [oh whatever word I insert here will be wrong!] and that's OK?

  • Ashandren Naicker - 2012-03-19 23:47

    So 'mastermind' Naidoo was an apparent expert on cognitive restructuring as evidenced on the Lotters? Didn't know schizophrenia/psychosis could now be acquired via word of mouth and has since spontaneously resolved?? Hmmmm

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-03-19 23:48

    The only sentancing I would have recomended for the three was death penalty nothing less. Our tax monies will be used by correctional derpartment to feed three bloody killers allow them free study and sleep for free.Lasly they will get pardon. Democracy at its worst form!!! Some peopele wish they had parents and theses soul polluted children killed thiers. May God purnish your souls you three.

  • Ashandren Naicker - 2012-03-19 23:57

    Mastermind or extremely gullible with no insight?

  • Grant - 2012-03-20 04:09

    It's clear to me that the couple were being controlled by satan. However they must have invited him into their lives somehow, perhaps they were into the occult.

      jerry.pres - 2012-03-20 05:14

      No they was controlled by gods third son, you must read article. Brainwashed with bible crap, they are fully responsible for their act, death penalty would be right sentence.

      Mark - 2012-03-20 08:31

      Do you even comprehend your own religion? Is the Judeo-Christian notion of free will beyond your ability to grasp? In the stories, Satan gets after you die, if you CHOOSE the path that strays from God. If Satan could just jump into your body at any time and force you to do things, then the whole notion of free will comes falling down like a house of cards. Funny how God never 'possesses' people like the Norway psycho in the act of slaughtering innocents, or Hitler at the height of WW2 to turn them from the path of destruction. People are afraid to abandon the idea that Satan and demons can control others because they are too afraid to face the truth; all humans have the capacity to commit the most abominable acts without otherworldly influence.

  • Mark - 2012-03-20 05:25

    The devil made them do it... as long as our courts entertain this garbage, it will encourage others to make this claim when they are caught out doing what they only they have thought up - without so-called 'demonic' influence. The case is cut and dry - the parents obstructed the love affair between the girl and her nutty boyfriend, and the useless cretins wanted a house and money for free. They were cold, calculating and downright evil people that knew exactly what they were doing that night - the judge was wrong.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-20 05:35

      The classic "Hansie Cronje" defence. Sorry your honour, I am a Christian so I do not need to take responsibility for my evil deeds. It was the devil you see. He made me do it and could not resist the temptation. PAH!

      Leon - 2012-04-02 12:09

      @Watchman - What is the difference; Christianity teaches you that looking at a woman in lust is the same as raping her. So sin is sin we can draw a logical line from match fixing to murder by applying christian logic. She wanted money, I COVETED her, I threw the match; people believed my religious apology - therefore people believed religion - therefore the Lotters believed in a new son of god; therefore bam! If you can believe one thing without proof; you can believe anything without proof.

  • Nel Van Der Westhuizen - 2012-03-20 05:33

    Come on, really now. They know what they were doing. I've got absolutely no sympathy for Nicolette or Hardus.

  • Logan Naidoo - 2012-03-20 06:21

    So the courts believe in black magic? The next time I get caught speeding, I'll just say the devil made me do it,

  • Faith - 2012-03-20 06:36

    In my opinion the two siblings should of gotten the life sentence and not Naidoo. Programmed or not, what goes through your mind when you stabb and strangle your own parents? Even if Naidoo is the mastermind behind it all he did not commmit the crime.

      Sonette Pieterse - 2012-03-20 09:03

      We do not know what happened and we can not throw rocks at them,it cudve bin u!they are doing their sentence and naidoo had as much part in it as they did!they had no reason to kill their parents,but for him it was about approval and prob money!so who are we to judge them?

      lovenergy - 2012-03-20 10:45

      Do you know an American man called Charles Manson? Read his story and how he got caught and convicted then please feel free to comment again

  • The-third - 2012-03-20 06:40

    Yes. "the devil" made them do it. They were "bewitched". What a load of ***.

      maqinisopatu.mahlalela - 2012-06-10 23:48

      It is true the devil made them do this. And this Naidoo is no real person but a demon sent straight from hell.

  • Mathias Assaba - 2012-03-20 06:57

    each time am reading stories about the killing of LOTTER's family by they own children,i broke down in tears and asking GOD why?even the sentencing can't wipe our tears.*tears*

      Mathys Jakkie Theart - 2012-03-20 08:51

      that's the problem with atheists and the religious. Neither side would even consider their opposing view.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-20 09:40

      @Mathys Well there is no proof for any gods but the believers in them seem to think they need to impose the moral strictures from their fictitious gods on the rest of society. We resist that and will continue to do so.

      Mathys Jakkie Theart - 2012-03-20 11:01

      I get where you are coming from, and if they got a smaller sentence because of their faith, it amounts to discrimination.

      Mathys Jakkie Theart - 2012-03-20 11:18

      @Z please decide what you believe. either say there is no god, or say there is no proof for god. these are two different concepts. you can't have it both ways

  • william - 2012-03-20 06:58

    You can lead a horse to water, but you cant make him DRINK....

  • Kekeletso Nakeli - 2012-03-20 07:18

    What a heartbreaking story.

  • Michelle - 2012-03-20 07:22

    @zaathiest - give it up; no-one is rising to the bait to get into a religious debate with you!

      WimpieN - 2012-03-20 07:36

      HAHAHAHA. Was about to post the same. Poor man is trying so hard. All that typing paragraphs and paragraphs and not a single "hit"! @saatheist: Everybody made their choices in life, so have you. Just live with it! You will not be the "one" to convince others they are wrong about religion. Nobody really cares about your opinion. Even atheists themselves.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-20 08:16

      Anytime someone says you can’t criticize their beliefs, it’s because their beliefs are too weak to withstand scrutiny.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-20 08:21

      @WimpieN Wishful thinking on your part I'm afraid. If you choose to believe in stupid things - and all religions are nothing but a confection of stupid things - then why on earth should we take your views at all seriously? Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.– Thomas Jefferson Sorry pal, religion does not get a free ride any more. It has to clean up it's house if it wants to be left alone.

      Brandon_Wilson - 2012-03-20 08:45

      @Michelle, Well said - This athiest clearly stands for nothing therefor falls for everything

      zaatheist - 2012-03-20 09:41

      @Brandon Also feeling threatened with the truth are we? No god. Nothing. Nana. It is you guys who actually believe in nothing and it is funny to see you try and justify it.

      lovenergy - 2012-03-20 10:52

      I am sure we all remember the troll Godfrey from past News24 sites, he is back under the name zaathiest. They see me trollin...the hatin... Just ignore him as he isn't really serious, on a different note can we take some bets that he is like 19 and a bored student that is just looking for attention?

      Mathys Jakkie Theart - 2012-03-20 11:08

      if you insult someone instead of conversing with them you just show what an intolerant twit you are, same goes for the atheists

      Mathys Jakkie Theart - 2012-03-20 11:10

      I'm talking to lovenergy btw

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-03-20 07:26

    under the influence my ass they are as guilty as sin they are well educated after all their parents were well educated as well.so in my view and if it was up to me i would have send all of them away for life , than i feel would everybody got what they deserved

  • logan.naidoo - 2012-03-20 07:26

    Our courts are watching too much Supernatural, when they should be watching CSI.

      Barefoot - 2012-03-20 07:31

      lol well said. i notice ur surname is naidoo should i be concerned about replying to your comment?

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-03-20 07:31

    so you young children out there if mom or dad say that they do not like your boyfriend or girlfriend it seem that i would than be okay to kill them and claiming than that the devil made you do it how nice

  • Tulani - 2012-03-20 07:48

    no matter what once it comes to family u become sober minded, no matter how runk or confused you are.... your brains comes back to you when u hear your mother nor father's voice.....

  • Andiswa - 2012-03-20 07:48

    I think to put this sad saga to rest, we (people who cannot fanthom how this happened), would never fully understand how two kids who were no doubt loved by their parent would do this kind of thing, sad.....

  • Thato - 2012-03-20 07:58

    Wow i never thought I will see this day an Idian&whites accused & convicted of witchcraft i gues Tokolose are now speaking english evil is taking our beautiful country we need to pray

  • david.lebethe - 2012-03-20 08:05

    This is one picture that managed to dupe the court. In the court's mind, these were children of God, who were manipulated by devil as the court failed to apply its own rules consistently - those caught committing same infraction are to be equally punished. It therefore unfathomable how did the court came to different senteneces when all committed the same crime. Allegation that the two siblings acted with a "diminished responsibility" is not good enough and can handly be regarded as a mitigating factor if regard can be hard to their age and psychological being at the time of committing crime. It is my view, there are good prospects of appeal (only if Naidoo applies) and that another court will come to a different conclusion.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-20 08:19

      What the court in fact found is that they were brain addled with religious nonsense and that was their reason for diminished responsibility.

  • emma.barrycox - 2012-03-20 09:06

    Truly disgusting, The judge fell for there BS hook line and sinker.

  • Streene - 2012-03-20 09:12

    what an utter rubbish article...poor journalism!!

      Trudi - 2012-03-20 09:22

      This is not journalism. He is just saying what happened in court. Did you want him to make up a story

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-20 09:26

    The nonsense that falls from otherwise educated people never ceases to amaze, there are no ifs, but and or's involved here, they at the time of the murders would have known the reality of their deed and could have stopped at any time. this is a gross miscarriage of justice, neither of them should ever be given an opportunity for parole and both should die in prison. Once again the judiciary plays into the hands of the ANC, and yes even if it is for the wrong reasons the Judiciary needs to a new one torn.

  • Tshepiso.Vundla - 2012-03-20 09:54

    This is some bull$%^& how on earth do you kill your own parents under the direction of some fool and still end up the victim. they all deserve double life sentences. the kids more because of their shear stupidity. this is a joke

  • Streene - 2012-03-20 10:25

    its unbelivable!! she fooled the judge with her Bible holding antics....and gets away with murder....how can this 29 year old adult claim that she was forced to do it...and she did it...murdered her parents and just gets 12yrs!!!

  • Jacob - 2012-03-20 22:12

    Look this naidoo guy, is a true manifestation of the existence of evil in it's deepest and darkest forms, i mean pronouncin with confidance that you are the third son of God,is mindblowing to cognative capacity, this guy is deep in Hell, he's a master demon that manifested in flesh, satan is here

      Damian - 2012-03-21 15:06

      CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT GOD THEY ARE PRAYING TO, NOT MINE WHO SAYS THOU SHALL NOT KILL.... The Lotter siblings say they were under the influence of Naidoo who told them he was the third son of God,' - Now how stupid must you be in the first place to believe sh*t like this???

  • Damian - 2012-03-21 15:03

    “I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone that he was the son of God. He told me if I told anyone a demon would be released and cause mass destruction on earth,” she said???????????? She is only 6 years old

  • Tyler - 2012-03-21 19:12

    I agree with Stefan, I think that the Lotter family must keep God's grace and forgiveness in mind. I just finished reading "Forgiving the Unforgivable" by Master Charles Cannon (http://forgivingtheunforgivable.com/), and he also talks about the importance of finding forgiveness in order to heal and grow after experiencing a tragedy.

  • wp.albertyn - 2012-07-25 10:09

    Stefanus@ ek kannie meer met jou saam stem nie, hel maar hulle lyk skeinheilig met die Bybels. Ek is n Christen en God vresend, maar hulle koop gesig (of probeer) Om die Bybel vas tehou maak jou nie n Christen nie!!!

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