Court hears what God had ‘revealed’ to accused in Lotter trial

2011-11-11 07:55

Her father was a satanist who had abused her when she was a child and her mother married her father for money.

This is what Mathew Naidoo (25) told Nicolette Lotter (29) God had revealed to him about her parents, the Durban High Court heard on Wednesday.

Nicolette stands accused alongside her younger brother, Hardus Lotter (23), and former boyfriend, Naidoo, of killing their parents, Maria Magdalena “Riekie” (52) and Johannes Petrus “Johnnie” Lotter, on July 19 2008 in their Westville home.

Nicolette told the court her relationship with her parents, with whom she got along before she had met Naidoo, soon became strained after Naidoo said God showed him revelations about them.

These included the fact that her father was a satanist and picked up prostitutes. He also told her that he molested her while younger but she didn’t remember it because God “blanked it” out of her mind to protect her.

He told her that her mother never loved them and married her father for money.

She said she and her brother were one of the 12 people chosen to do good works in the earth to prepare for the second coming of Christ, according to Naidoo.

She also claims to have “met God”, who manifested through Naidoo. God spoke in a deep and authoritative voice, she said.

Naidoo had introduced her to angels and demons, including their guardian angels – hers being Nicole and his being Balance.

The siblings have identified Naidoo as the mastermind behind the murder. They claim he convinced them that he was the third son of God.

Both Hardus and Naidoo have already had their day in the dock. All three have separate legal representation.

Nicolette appeared calm as she took the stand.

She wore her hair in a ponytail and had a wooden chain with a cross wrapped around her wrist. Prior to giving evidence, she had a Bible on her lap as she normally does in court and was seen mumbling under her breath before the trial commenced.

Hardus could be heard blowing his nose throughout the proceedings while Naidoo appeared strained, occasionally rubbing his eyes and wiping his face.

Unlike her former lover, who when asked under cross-examination what attracted him to her answered: “Have you seen her?”, Nicolette said her first impression of Naidoo was that he was “loud, irritating and attention seeking”.

She said she had met Naidoo in February 2007 while seeking help for a personal crisis. Nicolette started experiencing “things” spiritually violating her and pulling her hair after being bewitched by their domestic worker.

Nicolette testified to have noticed dead frogs in their driveway. Her suspicions about the worker being behind it were confirmed when she found items such as a chicken foot and snake skin in the house, the court heard.

When she told her parents about this, her father told her to be “careful about offending African people”, she said.

Nicolette landed up at a Phoenix church where the pastor told her she had a “tokoloshe” in her.

Disappointed when the pastor could not remove it, Nicolette sought help from another woman living in the area after hearing a testimony by one of the congregation members of how this woman had helped her.

She met Naidoo at this woman’s house.

Even though she had initially not wanted to associate with Naidoo, she felt bad about ignoring him and started becoming friends with him after the woman gave him her number.

She said Naidoo told her that he had prayed for someone with cancer who got healed and “God wanted him to help her”.

“He prayed for me and I felt better. The first time I felt the thing leave me was when we got intimate. I was grateful.”

She believed it was God speaking through Naidoo since he knew things about her other people didn’t know.

She did not rebel against Naidoo since this would result in “torment”, which could be physical, verbal and sexual abuse.

The trial continues.

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