Lotter murder suspect ‘freaked out’ when he saw dead body

2011-11-03 13:52

The reputed mastermind behind the murder of a Durban couple recounted today how he “freaked” when he found the body of his girlfriend’s mother.

“I found Mrs Lotter lying on the floor and when I saw that I freaked,” Mathew Naidoo told the Durban High Court.

“I started to breath heavily. I just panicked and ran towards my room.”

His girlfriend, Nicolette Lotter, joined him seconds later in an emotional state, he said.

“I was trying to understand what was going on, trying to calm myself down.”

Nicolette told him that she had found her father, Johannes, dead in the passageway and had then found her mother.

He later heard Nicolette’s brother, Hardus, telling police that armed men had entered the house and killed his parents.

But Nicolette and Hardus, his two co-accused in the trial, claim that this was the story concocted by Naidoo, saying he was the one who cooked up the plot to murder their parents.

All three have denied murdering Maria Magdalena Lotter and her husband, Johannes, on July 19 2008.

The siblings say they were under the influence of Naidoo, who told them he was the third son of God, that God wanted their parents dead.

Mrs Lotter was stabbed and her husband strangled with an electrical cord.

Today, Naidoo, now 25, recollected events before the bodies were found.

He said Nicolette arrived later than arranged at the Pavillion shopping centre.

She was emotional and very upset after an argument with her parents, who she said were full of nonsense.
Naidoo said he had planned to marry Nicolette.

While Hardus told the court Naidoo had been kicked out of the house by this mother, Naidoo said he had never been asked to leave.

He testified that he had a close relationship with Mrs lotter and was “buddies” with her.

Naidoo said he had an almost mother-son relationship with Mrs Lotter.

He gave her a shoulder to lean on after an emotional Mrs Lotter told him that her other daughter, Christelle, had pushed her to the floor during an argument.

Relationships in the family were very bad, Naidoo said.

Nicolette had told him that she was “a very hurt person”, claiming she believed she had been sexually abused by her father during her early childhood.

She did not have a good relationship with her mother and they had problems speaking to each other.

Nicolette said her mother took out her frustrations on her, and did not recognise that she was an adult.

Hardus told Naidoo that he had animosity towards his parents, who treated him like a child.

When Hardus did not have a date for his matric dance, his school teacher mother went with him as his date.

This upset Hardus.

He also complained that his parents did not like him going out, and bought all his clothes for him.

Nicolette belittled her brother in front of Naidoo, he said.

Hardus never had a girlfriend or the courage to approach a girl. Nicolette was always told him he was a coward and viewed him as a “mummy’s boy”, Naidoo said.

The siblings claim a plot hatched up by Naidoo was to taser their parents unconscious and that he would inject air bubbles into their veins to make it look like that they had died of natural causes.

Naidoo said that he had bought Nicolette a taser gun but it was for self-defence after she had been robbed.
The trial continues.

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