Mathew Naidoo gets double life

2012-03-19 13:58

Durban - Mathew Naidoo received a double life sentence by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Monday for his part in the killing of his ex-girlfriend's parents.

His former girlfriend Nicolette Lotter was sentenced to 12 years in jail, and her brother Hardus to 10 years imprisonment.

Judge Shyan Gyanda ruled that Hardus would be eligible for parole after six years and Nicolette after 10 years. He took into account that the siblings had already served 44 months in prison.

Naidoo and the siblings were convicted last week of murdering Johannes Petrus "Johnny" Lotter, 53, and Maria Magdalena "Riekie" Lotter in their Durban home on July 19 2008.

During the trial, the brother and sister told the court they had acted at the behest of Naidoo, who had convinced them he was the third son of God.

  • Marion - 2012-03-19 14:05

    I cannot understand the reasoning that gives Naidoo a double life sentence and the actual perpetrators of the crime only 12 and 10 years respectively. Even if Naidoo influenced them, they were capable of knowing right from wrong. Hope the state appeals these pathetically light sentences.

      lebogang.molefo - 2012-03-19 14:06

      Exactly, so they prosecute the person who planted the seed in their mind yet only slap them on the wrist even though they committed the murder.... They all should have gotten life sentences.....

      Nasiefa - 2012-03-19 14:08

      i agree Marion! they should also get double life sentences just like Naidoo did they all did it together !!!!!

      procold2 - 2012-03-19 14:09

      i agree totally with all the above, they should all get life with no parole

      Ashley - 2012-03-19 14:09

      With you on that one Marion, boggles the mind. And No counseling will help these parent killers.

      Schmee - 2012-03-19 14:14

      Absolutely agree. I don't understand how this could have happened. Looks like they did get away with it after all.

      Paslav - 2012-03-19 14:14

      Have mercy on them Marion, they're orphans.

      Marion - 2012-03-19 14:21

      @Paslav - hahaha... But seriously, they are even more guilty than Naidoo in my opinion. That minister must have preached a wonderful sermon in mitigation.

      Shaun - 2012-03-19 14:24

      Agree 100% with Marion - the siblings who actually commited the murders should have got life as well Mind boggles as to how the judge came to those sentences

      dawebling - 2012-03-19 14:25

      I agree Marion. They all should get life sentences. You can take a horse to water but you can't make it drink. They are all guilty.

      Juicecard - 2012-03-19 14:27

      Sucks hey, thought they are more guilty than Naidoo because they are the perpetrators of the crime

      curtiswelliem - 2012-03-19 14:29

      Naidoo deserve a double life. He instituted the killings with his evil christian beliefs. Drugloads dont sell drugs but they get a harsher sentence than hustlers who sell on the streets. You should get the logic. If they let Naidoo out he will continue with his barbaric insane beliefs and influence more murders

      Tshifhiwa - 2012-03-19 14:33

      This doesn’t add up the person who did the actual job get lesser punishment?? In my eyes they all should have been given life sentence, but I guess white people should not spend too much time in prison.

      Niemeijer - 2012-03-19 14:36

      I so agree with u Marion....

      Merven - 2012-03-19 14:41

      It is because the brother and sister admitted guilt where Naidoo refused to admit guilt. The moment you admit guilt the court is much more lenient towards you. Anyway, how is this Naidoo in any way less convincing than preachers that advocate that they can 'heal' the sick?

      wesleywt - 2012-03-19 14:44

      hmmm Double life sentence based on hearsay? Weird...

      Carol - 2012-03-19 14:51

      @Merven - he did - he changed his plea to guilty and had his parole revoked - months ago. I don't understand this either. Especially that girl, stabbing her mother, SHE was the instigator. It's beyond me. And she sits there in the court ostensibly reading her bible, what a crock of sh*t.

      Merven - 2012-03-19 15:11

      My question is: if the brother and sister were never caught, would they still be so sorry as they claim to be?

      Bryan - 2012-03-19 15:11

      Justice will be served in prison when someone puts a knife in the guts of Naidoo and little boy Lotter.... As for Nicole, death by sodomy ain't bad enough for this murderous lying little witch.. Burn in hell!!!!

      Slick - 2012-03-19 15:13

      They all took part in the massacre sheesh. The Master Mind will always get a harder /longer sentence.

      angel.moonsamy - 2012-03-19 15:18

      Eish this Bubba fellow is soooo stupid ? ES&D Bubba

      Slick - 2012-03-19 15:32

      No wonder there is NO such thing as a impartial jury (Members of the Public) that sits in on cases like this in many modern world countries. Everyone seems to know everything about Law in South Africa and how it should be applied. Not one of you bloggers have even considered mitigating circumstances there may have been etc. Did any one of you bloggers sit on the WHOLE TRIAL??? NOOOOO!!!! No wonder the RSA is considered a sick and dysfunctional country. Learn Criminal Law and STOP being so damn emotional about the sentence or Pleasee learn the law and how it is applied before placing idiotic comments on a blog site, and acting as sole judges,jurors and executioners, sheesh! Irrespective of how heinous the crime the Devil worshipers committed.

      Pur - 2012-03-19 15:48

      This is absolutely crazy. If they had each received two life sentences I could understand it, or even if the two perpetrators each got a double life sentence and Naidoo got 20 years for planning it, I could accept that. This is illogical and typical of our stuffed up justice system.

      Pur - 2012-03-19 15:54

      @Slick The people of this country don't care about legal "mitigating circumstances". If you plot to kill your parents and then murder them we want you to go to jail, do not pass GO, do not collect R200, and rot there until the day you die. It doesn't matter who gave you the idea, or who did what. The only defence can be that you are completely insane, in which case you get put into an asylum and rot there until the day you die. People who murder their parents should NEVER walk free ever again. Got it?

      Gomoco - 2012-03-19 19:20

      shocking indeed, they judge has some reall issues same goes for a lot of this SA judges, hate speech against malema just watched the video i have to never seen such disregard for human dignity and the judge actualy let things continues as it is and even at times helpe the TAU lawyer in his attack same as juju's lawyer he was quite as a mouse

      yolie.Landa - 2012-03-20 08:51

      MARION and others, the person who comes with the idea at work gets paid more right? eg KHULUBUSHE ZUMA and his mine get more money but the ppl who di the mine get peanuts.

      Winsome - 2012-03-20 10:36

      @Marion - I agree - there is something totally out of kilter here. They are ALL guilty equally - and should all have received double life sentences. I too cannot understand the reasoning behind Naidoo's sentence.

      Desiree - 2012-03-20 12:53

      The siblings should each get life sentences for being stupid and believing everything Naidoo told them!

      tanyabussio - 2012-03-20 13:54

      A life is not worth much these days anymore, and these 3 will probably be released when Nelson Mandela has a birthday!

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-19 14:06

    And yet the other two get 10 years apiece when in fact they did the actual killing? All 3 should've received this same sentence.

      Michele - 2012-03-19 15:43

      I am not sure I entirely agree with you. First of all i think they did get off a little lightly but the extenuating circumstances ( according to my following of the case) when considering sentence are as follows. 1) What are the chances of them doing the same type of crime again ? Slim to no chance in my opinion. 2) They admitted guilt and took ownership of the murders. 3) THEY SHOWED REMORSE. 4) The shrink said that they had been pschologically influenced by Moodley. I am not a softie on crime but every case is different which is why sentences do differ.

      Sam - 2012-03-19 16:04

      You're right, Michele, it's pretty hard to murder your parents twice. :b

  • Moi - 2012-03-19 14:09

    Absolutely ridiculous!!! They should also have received a double life sentence!!!! This is not justice.

      trix.duvenage - 2012-03-19 19:03

      The son of dog was treated right. He was after the money and he was the brain behind everything. The sibblings followed his SUPER NATURAL leadership and they BELIEVED him [something no sane person should do but anyway] and he MISLEAD them. Anybody who followed the case from the beginning should be in a position to get to terms with the court's decission

      Moi - 2012-03-20 09:07

      @trix - oh please, grow up! They followed his "supernatural leadership"???? They murdered their own PARENTS!!!! She stabbed her own mother!!! They were adults at the time of the crime. They were old enough to know better. Their greed is what drove them to brutally murder their own parents. But now they turn around and blame witchcraft and all sorts of other convenient. What's worse though is that there are people out there, like yourself, that actually believe this sort of nonsense.

  • Real - 2012-03-19 14:09

    I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

      Linda - 2012-03-19 14:16


      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-19 14:26

      ah no shame...gtfo!

      Merven - 2012-03-19 14:43

      Rat poison works well I've heard.

      raegan.mcreed - 2012-03-19 15:05

      i say a good jump of a cliff from Howick falls should do the trick....

      Katoolsie - 2012-03-19 15:38

      9Gag FTW lol

      Schmee - 2012-03-19 18:00

      With all these suggestions, hopefully Real isn't as gullible as the Lotter two. You guys are just mean. Sniff.

      Winsome - 2012-03-20 10:39

      @Real - Mars here we come!!!

  • Natascha - 2012-03-19 14:11

    Now that's a crock of crap! The siblings should be sentenced to the same life sentences as Naidoo. So much for Justice! Wonder if they are still titled to inheritence? I certainly hope not.

      Carol - 2012-03-19 14:53

      No. Bloody hands are not entitled to inheritances.

  • abner.malema - 2012-03-19 14:11

    The three of them should get life sentence. They siblings carried out the actual killing whilst Naidoo convinced them

  • koo.doyle - 2012-03-19 14:12

    Disgusting that their sentences were so light in comparison. They were perfectly capable of making up their own minds. This abdication of responsibility by the 'devil made me do it' syndrome, is a sad indictment of our society and values.

  • The-third - 2012-03-19 14:13

    madness. put them all in the ground, six feet under would do nicely.

  • Paslav - 2012-03-19 14:16

    I'm happy the judge showed mercy to these poor orphans. They've suffered enough.

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-19 14:20

      It's not everyday that people show sympathy for self-created orphans. Why exactly do you pity these two?

      Moi - 2012-03-19 14:20


      Marion - 2012-03-19 14:22

      @Paslav - Hahahahaha - are you having fun?

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-19 14:26

      russian troll!

      Eliem - 2012-03-19 20:56

      hope u not a judge

  • Reshan - 2012-03-19 14:19

    So is the lesson to SA, rather the killer than the thief?

  • Bernadette - 2012-03-19 14:20

    Shocking to me they should all have got the same sentence and that should have been life with no, no parole. Throw the keys away!!!

  • Johan - 2012-03-19 14:20

    Who is the second "son of God"?

      Michael - 2012-03-19 14:29

      Johan: 2nd Son is the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi wa Sallam)

      angel.moonsamy - 2012-03-19 14:32


      Johan - 2012-03-19 14:44

      @Michael, thanx, I thought Muhammad only claim to be a prohet?

      Jameel - 2012-03-19 14:52

      Michael the Quraan sais that God begets not... so where did you get that Muhammad is the 2nd son

      David - 2012-03-19 15:50

      This Naidoo is probably the third son of the devil.. after Hitler and Pol Pot!

  • Marlon - 2012-03-19 14:21

    F'ed up justice system we have here

  • Don - 2012-03-19 14:22

    how many lives does a maggot have ?

  • Thoka - 2012-03-19 14:22

    this judge is sick. I doubt he had corrct papers when reading their sentence

  • Jameel - 2012-03-19 14:22

    Who claimed to be the first and second son of God ?

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-19 14:24

      Jesus would be the first, I presume.

      Jameel - 2012-03-19 14:36

      exclusively the son of God ? reference please Gcwabe-KaMavovo & Marike

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-19 14:48

      It's a presumption dude. Meaning I have nothing to back it up.

      Jameel - 2012-03-19 15:34

      @Slick and don't i have the right to express my opinions. Are you one of those who cant back up what you believe with evidence...

  • Melusi Myaluza - 2012-03-19 14:25

    seriously no comment!

  • Marike - 2012-03-19 14:28

    The way I understand it, Adam "was the first son of God", according to Naidoo, and Jesus then the second...

  • dawebling - 2012-03-19 14:28

    What a load of crock. They are all guilty!! You can take a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. Guilty of the crime then you do the time!!

  • Schmee - 2012-03-19 14:29

    Another example where religion and superstition becomes an excuse for behaving badly.

  • Chris - 2012-03-19 14:37

    These two morons should be sentenced to life in prison solely on the charge of believing that Naidoo prick when he told them he was the son of God.

  • Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-03-19 14:38

    I have mixed feelings here. Assuming what I've read in the media is true, the Lotters seem to have genuine remorse for their actions. All the same...they killed their parents. They physically did the deed. I don't think it matters how they were influenced into doing it, the fact remains, if they are so easily influenced into killing their own parents...then it only makes sense that they could be easily influenced into committing a miriad of other crimes. For their own sanity and the safety of the public, they really should not be allowed to freely exist among other citizens. I'm sorry, but remorse isn't enough and if you were so easily corrupted once (since that's their defence) then they shouldn't be exposed to more of the same even at a later stage

      Ron - 2012-03-19 15:58

      @ Gemma well said girl, I agree with you totally...I also say that the way they where brought up has got a lot to do with what happened, so parents are to blame to a degree, how ever slight that may be but still may have had some influence on their children's behaviour and the final outcome. its something like this, an untrained dog will attack more readily than a trained one...

      Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-03-19 16:05

      Um...I was mostly referring to Matthew that, if it was so easy for him to convince them to kill their parents, then just about anyone could convince them to do just about anything else. They don't seem able to properly distinguish right from wrong to separate what one person insists is the right thing from what they KNOW to be right

      Ron - 2012-03-19 16:22

      Still say its got to do with upbringing, but yes you are right.

      Ron - 2012-03-19 16:27

      They where also brought up with some twisted version of religion to be influenced to that degree by a boyfriend or outsider.

  • Cheryl - 2012-03-19 14:40

    Hardly seems just or fair. All three should have got a life sentence for this heinous crime.

  • Perfume - 2012-03-19 14:44

    This does not make sense at all, why does Naidoo get a double life sentence, and the initiators of their parents murder gets 10 and 12yrs respectively. Why did the judge not sentence all three to life in prison????

  • Yvonne - 2012-03-19 14:45

    The lotters have a mind of their own. Regardless of being co hersdt into the murder you did the wrong face it you murdered your PARENTS. The sentence should be equal. This is cold blooded murder no excuses DOUBLE LIFE SENTENCE FOR ALL.Well this is SOUTH AFRICA'S JUSTICE SYSTEM. corrupt !!!!!!!Yvonne Chetty

      Carol - 2012-03-19 14:58

      co hersdt??????? Ohhhhh you mean coerced? : )

  • Frans - 2012-03-19 14:48

    And yet inspite of what Naidoo had covinced them, it did not come out in evidence in court that his two copartners in crime were two subnormal idiots who did not have the intelectual ability to believe that he was not the third son of God.

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-19 14:50

    RSA Judiciary, RSA courts........

      bluzulu - 2012-03-19 17:14

      AKA Twilight zone!!

      bluzulu - 2012-03-19 17:55

      inept like the concourt

  • sudika.harkhu - 2012-03-19 14:53

    Where is the consistency?

  • Phumi - 2012-03-19 14:57

    Another drunk decision! A serious review of our judiciary is long overdue!

      Perfume - 2012-03-19 15:08

      Say that again Phumi, even if he called himself the "3rd son of God" why did the Lotters not tip the police off. I stand firm like the rest of those commenting on here, they should of each been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

  • Perfume - 2012-03-19 15:05

    The thumbs down trolls are out in full force, wondering are these friends of the Lotters.

  • Andiswa - 2012-03-19 15:08

    I'm not an expert on these things but i have read where the person who plans or hires someone to kill another, that person receives a harsher sentence because he is the instigator of the crime, if Naidoo did not put these thoughts in the siblings mind, the crime would have not been committed, that why Naidoo receives life even though he did not committ the actual crime.

      Slick - 2012-03-19 15:16

      You are absolutely correct Andiswa...obviously these bloggers have NO knowledge of law etc etc...LOL

      Marion - 2012-03-19 15:40

      So we can look forward to Shrien Dewani getting life when the guy who admitted guilt and entered into a plea bargain only got 18 years? (18 years vs 10 and 12)

      Ron - 2012-03-19 16:03

      Thank You Andiswa.......There is your answer people.

      Nirosha - 2012-03-20 08:38

      Who has more liability, in my opinion the two of them, Matthew & Nicollette. Nicollette stabbed her own mother, her mum brought her into this world, she can never be rehabilitated. Plus she is older than the other two, she should have known better.

  • pbobbins - 2012-03-19 15:10

    Bring Back the death penalty to RSA

  • HiJack - 2012-03-19 15:11

    Lekker man. Hope they put you in with Donavan Moodley so that you okes can get nice and spicy. Eeiw.

  • angel.moonsamy - 2012-03-19 15:13

    Well Mathew Don't worry my Boy : Babba is waiting for You ? Please take enough soap to prison : OOuch ?????

      Slick - 2012-03-19 15:18

      Angelll!!! how rude LOL!

  • Cilla - 2012-03-19 15:14

    I'm very disappointed in the verdict. They should all get double life. They're just as guilty as Naidoo. This is ridiculous when you consider how much their parents did for them and the good lives they were living. Shocking.

      Slick - 2012-03-19 15:18

      And you know what and or that the Parents did this Mabel???

  • angel.moonsamy - 2012-03-19 15:18

    Mathew Naidoo's double life sentence would ensure that he would never be free again nor would he every be constipated :

  • Singatha - 2012-03-19 15:18

    These sentences are baffling,so i can walk down the street and cut down 10 people and claim i was influenced by so and so and so and so gets the brunt of the punishment????At some other times the law is an ass.

  • Rechelle - 2012-03-19 15:19

    Ek dink dit is nogal "unfair" dat net Naidoo lewenslange tronkstraf gekry het, ek dog dan altyd dit is wat goed is vir die een is goed vir die ander! Hulle is almal skuldig, en heeltemal bewus van wat hulle gedoen het! ai, gaan ons regs sisteem ooit reg kom!

  • Gavin - 2012-03-19 15:22

    So the murderers get a lesser sentence after having convinced the court that they were 'influenced' by someone else ? That's a little too convenient for my taste. They should all have received the same sentences.

  • Aaron - 2012-03-19 15:23

    they should get a life sentence. this is a travesty of justice

  • ilsewepener - 2012-03-19 15:25

    Everything I wanted to say, Marion said. I also don't understand the HUGE differences in sentencing times.

  • barry.mcbride - 2012-03-19 15:28

    Those siblings should have gotten life sentences’, and the ‘third son of God’ should have one life sentence for each because he’ll be reincarnated I guess.

  • Gwen - 2012-03-19 15:42

    The siblings should've got the same sentence!! And Hardus is eligible for parole after six years ? ? WTF ??

      barry.mcbride - 2012-03-19 16:04

      yeah I know, but it must have a lot to do with what is said in the article "Hardus Lotter 'like a lamb to the slaughter'"

  • Mark - 2012-03-19 15:45

    They should have all got the noose, now we get to support them for the rest of our lives

  • Bongeka - 2012-03-19 15:47

    If Naidoo came up with the idea and planted it to the siblings who're mentally disturbed,then he is the mastermind and deserves what he got.But they're all okay upstairs and all participated equally with a common gaol then they all deserve same sentence. How the gudge came up with that one,maybe my fellow blogers who did law at tertiary level can give us an explanation and put us into the picture.

  • Adrian Marais - 2012-03-19 15:52

    As for a fair outcome, well that is highly questionable..It does give me peace of mind knowing that such weak minded people are behind bars. How could they be so influenced by a chop like Naidoo. Think it would be best simply remove them from the gene pool. Oh and enjoy the anal rape:)

  • brendonml - 2012-03-19 15:54

    Have fun pointing your finger, just remember theres 3 fingers pointing back!

  • Louise - 2012-03-19 15:54

    How the heck does that work he never even killed them but gets double life and the actual killers get between 10 and 12 years. There has to be something wrong here????

      Zimbobwe - 2012-03-19 16:01

      @Louise remember we are living in a banana republic something closer to zimbob. This is probably an affirmative action judge who was appointed to fill the qoutas.

  • Norval - 2012-03-19 15:59

    don't worry, see Naidoo will get the same sickness as his uncle Shaik and be out in 10, right and then every one is happy and all...

      Nirosha - 2012-03-20 08:33

      I don't think so, he has no connections, so to speak.

  • Frans - 2012-03-19 16:07

    This time it's got nothing to do with the South African justice system, but everything to do with the value attached by the court to extenuating circumstances offered by the defence,and of interest is the fact that there could be a huge difference of opinion amongst various high courts.The moral of the story is that should the two accused appeal against the sentence, amuch severe sentence may be imposed.(I'm sure will be.)