Lotter case: Mathew Naidoo out on bail

2009-02-19 00:00

Mathew Naidoo, the man accused of helping two Westville siblings murder their parents, is back at home with his family after spending several months in Westville Prison.

His lawyer, Rajendra Nathalall, confirmed that Naidoo's mother yesterday paid the R20 000 bail that was set by Magistrate Yugan Naidu at the Pinetown Regional Court on Tuesday.

Naidoo allegedly helped Nicolette Lotter and her brother Hardus kill their parents Magdalena and Johan Lotter at their Westville home in July last year.

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

Magdalena was bound and stabbed repeatedly. Johan was strangled with an electric cable.

It was Naidoo's second bail application. The first was denied because the court found that he was a flight risk.

Naidu said he granted bail because the trial could be delayed for several months and this would prejudice Naidoo.

After the court appearance on Tuesday, it was unclear whether Naidoo would be released, as his mother Yogasundrie Naidoo had only managed to raise R8 000.

However, Nathalall said that Naidoo's mother paid the bail money and he was released into her care. Nathalall would not comment on where Naidoo's family got the money to pay bail.

Naidu granted bail on condition that he resides at his mother's Sastri Park home, report to the Phoenix police station five times a week and not have any contact with the Lotter siblings, who are being detained at the Westville Prison.

Naidoo's mother refused to comment on her son's release.

The case has been adjourned to March 6.


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