Attorney writes book on Lotters

2012-03-19 21:07

Johannesburg - Hardus and Nicolette Lotter's original attorney Danie Grundlingh has written a book about their murder of their parents.

Called Innocent Acts of Evil, Grundlingh said it was "the story about the Lotters' murders, as seen through Hardus Lotter's eyes".

The book was written and printed long before the trial of the Lotter siblings, and corroborates evidence given in court by clinical psychologist Professor Laurens Schlebusch.

"The book explains most of the public's unanswered questions and can maybe change the public perception of the siblings' actions and can also enlighten society about cultism, brainwashing and fanaticism," Grundlingh said.

The Lotters and Nicolette's ex-boyfriend Mathew Naidoo were convicted last week of murdering Johannes Petrus "Johnny" Lotter and Maria Magdalena "Riekie" Lotter in their Durban home on July 19 2008.

On Monday, Naidoo received a double life sentence in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court for his part in the killing.

Nicolette was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment for each of the murders, with the sentences to run concurrently. She would be eligible for parole in 10 years.

Hardus, 23, was jailed for 10 years on each count, also to run concurrently. He would be eligible for parole in six years.

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.

  • Holden - 2012-03-19 22:17

    Who was the second son of God ?

  • ulvenkai - 2012-03-19 22:33

    While, as far as I'm concerned, this entire saga has been another prime example of the dangers of religious indoctrination and superstition, I firmly believe that they would've repeated their actions regardless. People like these are diseased to the core and there is no redemption for them. They deserved life.

      stefan.grundlingh - 2012-03-19 22:38

      Fortunately redemption is not yours to give.

      John - 2012-03-20 05:57

      Thanks Stefan. I second your words. Deserve life?...for what? For killing the people that gave them a life?

      Schmee - 2012-03-20 09:10

      @John. I'm sure Ulvenkai meant they should have had a life sentence. Did you read the rest of his statement?

  • stefan.grundlingh - 2012-03-19 22:35

    Society is quick to judge and slow to forgive. These two siblings realised the wrongness what they did and show remorse. I cannot and do not want to imagine what it must feel like to realise that you were manipulated and tricked into killing your parents! I also cannot imagine what the rest of the Lotter family must be going through! May God show his love to everyone involved!

      lijuan.welthagen - 2012-03-19 23:24

      Absolutely. Like the Judge said today during sentencing, they will have to live with the consequences for the rest of their lives. It makes me angry when people are so quick to judge, do not judge a man before you have walked a mile in their shoes. Yes, their actions are wrong, but life is too short, forgive, forget, let this family find healing. Oh and where can I get a copy of this book. Very interested.

      Schmee - 2012-03-20 09:18

      Stefan, I'm not angry at them and I'm not even angry at Naidoo. I'm angry that religious indoctrination caused them to believe in superstitious mumbo jumbo and look what it made them do. May they learn to think for themselves. - 2012-03-20 09:25

      Is there a text copy of the judge's verdict available online? I would like to read the verdict if possible. I agree that their having to live with the consequences is far more than any punishment society could have metered out to them. Also, Naidoo deserves life behind bars.

      Schmee - 2012-03-20 10:12

      ‘Innocent Acts of Evil’ tells in detail the real facts and circumstances of the tragedy, showing that when things go wrong with people and religion, they can go very, very wrong.

  • Neville - 2012-03-20 07:33

    If Interested in purchasing -

  • Schmee - 2012-03-20 09:05

    I'll definitely buy a copy. Hopefully it does help me understand.

  • emma.barrycox - 2012-03-20 09:22

    Dose anybody know if SA law prevents a convicted criminal making money off there crime ?

      Schmee - 2012-03-20 10:11

      I was wondering the same thing. But is Hardus getting the money or is his lawyer getting it? Hopefully some journalist picks up on that and lets us know.

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