Lotter ‘feels terrible’ about killing his parents

2011-10-31 13:00

Double murder accused Hardus Lotter feels “absolutely terrible” about killing his parents and does not want to be reminded about it, he told the High Court in Durban today.

Lotter (23) said he eventually realised that his co-accused Mathew Naidoo, who had manipulated him and his sister Nicolette to kill their parents, was a conman.

The two siblings and Naidoo have pleaded not guilty to murdering Maria Magdalena (Riekie) Lotter (52) and Johannes Petrus Lotter (53) on July 18, 2008.

The Lotter children claimed they were under the influence of Naidoo who said he was the third son of God.

Lotter told the court that he knew what he was doing at the time of the murders but did not know it was wrong, as Naidoo had told them that the contents of the Bible were wrong.

He said earlier that Naidoo told him that God wanted their parents dead, and said he could not understand “why this man did this to us”.

“I console myself with Bible scriptures or talk to someone or by being in the presence of someone who cares about me.”

He added that he was being treated for depression in prison as a result of the crime.

Lotter said he thought the motive for the murder was “purely financial”.

He realised that his parents had many assets, as well as his father’s life insurance and pension fund, the Westville house they lived in, a house in the Western Cape and a flat near Amanzimtoti on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.

Naidoo controlled the siblings’ finances and they had given him what money they had as they firmly believed he was the son of God, he said.

Asked what was going to happen to his parents’ assets, Lotter said that Naidoo had told them they would live together and that “we will be looked after”.

Naidoo was verbally and physically abusive to the siblings and had also threatened to kill Nicolette, Lotter said.

Naidoo manipulated them and was a good actor. He said Naidoo had multiple personalities and had spoken in
strange voices.

The voices were so called “God” and so called “angels” and initially they gave good advice.

But after a while things became worse.

Sometimes Naidoo would just collapse and a so-called evil spirit would come up saying: “I will take over this body and rule this world unless you did certain things.”

Sometimes there were good spirits and sometimes evil spirits and Lotter believed Naidoo because he was so convincing. He said there was Mathew, the human being, Mathias, an angel and Rage, a so-called demon.

Naidoo had initiated them, and he and his sister became two of the 12 disciples, he said.

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