Murders: Dead pair’s children face charges

2008-07-23 00:00

TWO Durban siblings were charged with the murder of their parents amid a media frenzy at the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Hardus Johannes Lotter (20), his sister Nicolette (26) and Matthew Moodley, who is believed to be Nicolette’s boyfriend, appeared for the weekend murders of Johan Lotter and his wife Magdalena.

Johan managed the Bayer/Lanxess chemical plant in Merebank and was well known in Westville, where the couple lived for 18 years. The couple were found murdered in their Thames Drive home on Saturday. Johan had been strangled and his wife stabbed several times.

The three accused stood with heads bowed before magistrate Corel Language, who opposed bail and adjourned the case until July 31. The Lotters will be held at Westville police holding cells and Moodley at Cato Manor.

At the time of the incident, Hardus told police two men in balaclavas confronted him, took his cellphone and locked him in his bedroom.

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