'Cocky' Naidoo spilled the beans

2011-10-26 00:00

SEEMINGLY worlds apart, the three co-accused in the Lotter murder trial sat in the Durban High Court yesterday as more grisly details were uncovered.

Nicolette Lotter sat reading a Bible, while her brother, Hardus seemed to be in a trance-like state, eyes shut and mumbling to himself, while Mathew Naidoo, Nicolette’s former lover, seemed on edge, paying careful attention to proceedings, with his trademark facecloth in hand — and every so often interjecting to instruct his attorney.

The state called three policemen to the stand to show that Naidoo did not confess under duress as he had claimed; if anything, he was “cocky and self-assured” throughout interviews after the murders of Johannes and Magdeline Lotter.

Warrant Officer Shane Naidoo of the serious and violent crime unit told the court that he and two other policemen interviewed Naidoo, who led them to two places in Westville to recover items used in the killings.

“He said he had planned the killings of his girlfriend’s parents and that he wanted to assist the police,” said officer Naidoo.

He said Naidoo claimed to be a psychic of some sort and “said that I had recently been married and that my wife was expecting a little girl”.

These “prophecies” were incorrect.

The officer said Naidoo had a flippant attitude, throwing his hands out and saying, “I’ll show you what you are looking for.”

In one of the places some bloodied clothing belonging to Nicolette and a tazer stun device were found in black plastic bags.

Hardus allegedly implicated Mathew as the instigator of the murders and said that, with Nicolette, he bought a tazer and taught Hardus how to use it.

Naidoo, according to Hardus’s confession, even used the tazer to shock him to make him understand how it was used.

Nicolette, who was apparently at The Pavilion with Naidoo at the time, went home after her brother phoned to complain that the tazer wasn’t working and that his mother was not dying.

He allegedly claimed to have sat on his mother, who was still breathing, as Nicolette made her way back.

Naidoo arrived and allegedly told Nicolette that they had to finish her parents off.

He was said to have told Hardus he had lied about the power of the tazer and that Hardus had to kill his father himself and then take his own life.

Nicolette, in her previous confession, said that she and her brother believed Naidoo was the “third son of God” and that God wanted her parents dead.

Nicolette and Naidoo were co-owners of a Christian rock band they called Rebirth Entertainment and the two were smitten with each other, she said.

Naidoo apparently used to stay at the Lotters’ house, but after certain disagreements the mother expelled him.

According to Nicolette, he still came to the house after her parents had gone to bed.

The trial continues today.

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