Nicolette’s ‘Potter’ visions

2011-11-11 00:00

NICOLETTE Lotter continued with her revelations of the supernatural in a packed Durban High Court yesterday, but made several contradictions to her brother’s testimony given last week.

She also revealed for the first time that she believed that her co-accused, Mathew Naidoo, and the family’s domestic worker were conspiring against her, using witchcraft.

Nicolette said her mother did not believe her story about the domestic worker using black magic and said she should stop making such claims.

She said that it was the first time since watching Harry Potter that she had witnessed witchcraft.

“When instructed by God, Hardus and I stole my father’s bank card and went to draw up to R6 000 over several visits.

“Mathew, who wore a balaclava at the time of the withdrawals, would reward Hardus with R200. I always declined the money, but he would come home and give Clementia [the domestic] R200 or even R300, which didn’t make sense to me.

“Later I realised that Mathew always told me to leave the strange items I found in and around the house where they were,” she told the court.

Naidoo, in the guise of various angels or demons, commanded the siblings to commit various crimes and ultimately the murder of their own parents.

“The angel Balans would reward us by blowing his own air into our lungs, saying that it was a gift, and sometimes the angel Philip, the angel of play or theatrics, would teach us how to lie to our parents,” she said.

Nicolette dismissed Naidoo’s claims that their business was successful, calling it a “complete lie”.

“We never made enough to get by; some months we made nothing at all,” she said of a band they co-owned.

Nicolette said she had to force Naidoo to find work; he had been reluctant to work, claiming that he had to do God’s work.

In her testimony she said that at no stage were the Lotter parents aware that Naidoo was staying in the house, because he always sneaked in late.

This contradicted Hardus’s testimony that his father was aware that Naidoo was in the house and did not like the idea.

Nicolette also claimed that she and Naidoo bought pure alcohol in a futile attempt to poison Johannes Lotter; Hardus in his testimony said that all three went to make the purchase.

She also validated the letters written by Naidoo in her jotter — covered by “pink and hearts” — as his own.

“I asked to retrieve that book on the night of the killings to hand it over as part of my confession to the police,” she said.

The trial was stood down until March 5 next year.


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