He won’t lie again, says mother

2008-11-07 00:00

The mother of a man accused of a double murder pleaded in the Pinetown Regional Court for her son to be granted bail.

Mathew Naidoo, his girlfriend Nicolette Lotter and her brother Hardus are accused of murdering Johannes and Magdalena Lotter in their Westville home in July.

Lotter was the head of the Bayer/Lanxess chemical plant in Merebank and was well known in Westville, where the couple lived for the past 18 years.

The state called Naidoo’s mother, Yogasundrie Naidoo, to testify in the bail application where Mathew’s history of telling lies was revealed to the court.

Naidoo told magistrate Yugan Naidu that in January, her son told her he was leaving for London as he had found a job there.

“He told me that he got a job and was going overseas. He phoned me from the airport and told me that he would keep in contact with me,” she said.

Prosecutor Jan Beitendag pointed out that Mathew had never been to London and had lied to his mother about the job.

Naidoo said she believed that her son had gone to London, because he called and told her he was happy there.

She said when Mathew visited her earlier this year, he gave her a necklace and a pair of earrings, pointing out an emblem that showed his mother the gifts were bought in London.

When questioned about Mathew’s continuous lying, Naidoo said that he only lied because he knew that she would not approve of his living with his girlfriend.

“If he told me the truth before, I wouldn’t have approved of it, I would have kept him at home with me,” she said.

The emotional mother pleaded with the court to grant his bail as he was remorseful about telling lies.

“He has learnt from his mistakes. He would not lie to me again. I had a conversation with him in prison and he realises the lies he has told have got him into this situation,” she said.

She said that when he was arrested, he repeatedly told her he was sorry that she had to visit him in prison.

When the magistrate asked Naidoo if she was embarrassed by her son’s lies, she replied that it is not uncommon for children to lie to their parents.

“A lot of children tell lies. Maybe he thought he was protecting me. He deserves another chance,” she said.

Naidoo also said should her son be granted bail, he would be employed and would help contribute towards his legal fees.

Although she lives with her parents in Phoenix and has no fixed assets, Naidoo said the family has collected R8 000 for Mathew’s bail.

Mathew’s lawyer, Rajendra Nathalall, said the court must consider the circumstances behind Mathew’s dishonesty. The matter has been adjourned until Tuesday.

Earlier, the media were asked to leave the courtroom by a court orderly, who said only family members were allowed to be in court.

The court’s control prosecutor intervened and the media were allowed back in.

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