Byleveld abused his power - Moodley

2012-01-25 12:44

Johannesburg - Convicted murderer Donovan Moodley began lengthy argument in the South Gauteng High Court on Wednesday in an application for a retrial.

"Donovan Moodley has become persona non grata, untouchable. Even people close to me refused to give testimony and don't want to be associated with the case," he told the court, representing himself.

Moodley was found guilty in 2005 after confessing to the kidnapping and murder of 21-year-old Bond University student Leigh Matthews. He also pleaded guilty to extortion. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, 15 years for kidnapping, and 10 years for extortion.

Moodley, who appeared in court in leg irons, went back down to the holding cells before court proceedings started because he objected to the presence of the media's cameras.

He eventually acquiesced to their presence, but referred frequently to his belief that information leaked to the media had vilified him.


Moodley expressed surprise that Judge Joop Labuschagne, who presided at his trial, would hear the matter.

"I do not object to you being judge. The look on your face is always very disarming," he said.

Moodley also claimed the previous investigating officer Piet Byleveld had "abused his power" by changing dates and destroying evidence. Byleveld had caused Leigh's father Rob to change his witness statement, he claimed.

Dressed in an oversized suit and sporting a ponytail, Moodley appeared confident as he explained why he had chosen to represent himself. He recounted his estrangement from his aunt, who had promised to pay a deposit for legal fees, but did not. This was his explanation why it had taken him so long to apply for a retrial.

Labuschagne asked Moodley to expedite his argument, then called a brief adjournment.

Prosecutor Zaais van Zyl said the application was without precedent in South African law. While Moodley viewed the matter as an application for retrial, the most favourable outcome for him would be to ask for leave to appeal against his conviction, Van Zyl said.

  • PhilipV - 2012-01-25 12:52

    Piet Byleveld is a great man ... get his book is flipping awesome. Ja Donovan, you had enough time now to think of a way to get out.

  • blackjew69 - 2012-01-25 12:52

    Donovan, havent you been reading newspapers or watching news on tv in jail. Ask you rfamily to raise money(if they dont have ) and buy a doctors note. Any disease is paroleable in the new system, you will be out in 1 year or so.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-25 12:56

      Yup, fake a life threatening illness, get medical parole - that seems the best method of getting freedom. then you can meet Shaik on the golf course.

      Johann - 2012-01-25 13:11

      Hmm, not that easy ! The golfing lessons, kit, club fees is very expensive!

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-01-25 14:22

      only works if your buddies with JZ..

  • Zoolie - 2012-01-25 12:53

    And in the meanwhile this criminal is taking up the time of the courts whilst they can put other criminals away. Not that the courts mind cause our justice systems tends to postphone every case.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-25 12:58

    Aag moodley please. just give up its nt lyk you live iran where they r goin to hang yah. here you get 5-star luxury cell, sick-leave and value added benefits for comitin 1st degree murder as long as u r a bbbee. proof jackie, schabir n etc.

  • Xavier7034 - 2012-01-25 13:00

    The only person whose rights were abused was Leigh Matthews - her power and right to live was taken away by this scumbag. Rot in prison - you should have got the rope.

  • KayMoruane - 2012-01-25 13:02

    News24 contradicts itself..."Moodley was found guilty in 2005 after confessing to the kidnapping and murder of 21-year-old Bond University student Leigh Matthews" and YOUR other link says 2004....

  • Gideon - 2012-01-25 13:02

    Yeah right buddy, why wait 7 years after being found guilty to throw your toys out of the cot? Go back and rot bud.

  • jannie.debeer - 2012-01-25 13:03

    I met Piet Byleveld. There is no way that this guy will get away. The case is so well researched and documented. The evidence is overwhelming, and the conviction is clear. Why there was leave for appeal is mind boggling.

      Deon - 2012-01-25 13:14

      It is only an application for a retrial, it should be denied.

  • Larry - 2012-01-25 13:07

    Moodley is a lying murderous scumbag. He does not deserve a hearing,

  • Samantha - 2012-01-25 13:09

    a few years in jail and everyone becomes a lawyer- u are guilty, face up to it, we don't want you back in society-

  • psebe - 2012-01-25 13:09

    democracy..monate wa yone..the case is unprecedented in South Africa..we'll be waiting

  • Sylvia - 2012-01-25 13:12

    What a waste of the court's time and the taxpayers' money.

      Ross - 2012-01-25 13:22

      Not if he gets his retrial, is found guilty again and sentenced to LIFE in prison..That will learn him....

  • Monique - 2012-01-25 13:13

    Piet is such an awesome detective! You are in jail alone Donovan because you kept lying about your accomplices, Piet said from the start that you had friends helping you but could not prove it. Why don't you tell the truth this time so that justice can be served....then you all can rot in jail with your long ponytails and donut pillows!

  • KallieHungBal - 2012-01-25 13:14

    Go talk kuck somewhere else you piece of trash!!!

  • cheryl.kristiansen - 2012-01-25 13:17

    Byleveld doesn't need to make stuff up. He had the FBI, the CIA and Scotland Yard coming to him for adivice. moodley is a wack-job and he proves it with his crazy talk.

  • Sharon - 2012-01-25 13:17

    Why is this idiot - who allready pleaded guildty and was found guilty and sentenced - allowed to debate any portion of his sentence, of course at our expence I suppose? He killed a girl, and she can not debate her situation at the moment, can she?

  • Jackie - 2012-01-25 13:19

    Oh phulease!! And we should believe him over a very respected Piet Byleveld? I dont think so. And no-one he knows wants anything to do with him? Surprise surprise! I think hes totally lost the plot!

  • Zion - 2012-01-25 13:20

    In the interests of society he must stay where he is for the full duration of his sentence. Weeel, he could gooi a Shaike or Selebi trick.

      pberchu - 2012-01-25 13:53

      Yeah but does he have connections in Hi places or loads of money? I think not. So us "society" will be safe.

  • Lizette - 2012-01-25 13:22

    I am disappointed to read that he still has an option to ask for an appeal against his conviction. Once found guilty there should be no further options for leave to anything. He should in fact be hanged.

  • werner.smidt - 2012-01-25 13:22

    A man who is his own lawyer, has a fool for a client.

  • Hemlock - 2012-01-25 13:23

    Its a pity we don't have a few more Piet Byleveld's to put the trash where it belongs. You belong in jail Moodley and hopefully that is where you will stay for the rest of your miserable life. You destroyed the life of a young girl and her family and your life should have been destroyed with the hangman's noose around your scrawny little neck. So pull up your little boy broeks and take your punishment. I hope you burn in hell for all eternity.

  • RobertKeeling - 2012-01-25 13:25

    Mood;ey confessed, he was sentenced, and therefore he must sit out his time. He is lucky there is no death sentence, otherwise he would probably not have been there!

  • Oscar - 2012-01-25 13:26

    you low life piece of scum, moodly. don't you think the Matthews family has sufferd enough.

  • Marius - 2012-01-25 13:31

    I never met a suspect admitting guilt in my 30 years as a policeman. mybe there is some merit into Moodleys appeal. Iam not saying he is not guilty though lets be patient and give our justice system a change. Piet Byleveld are hailed as this supercop which is not totaly correct, they neglect to mention that every time he receive a high profile case he receive plenty of resources to assist him and he have only that case to focus on. Your standard detective have plenty of cases on hand and most of the time they manage to get the same result as a Piet Byleveld , but seldom get the same recognition.

      Samantha - 2012-01-25 13:37

      we hail all good policemen and women who go out of their way to catch these criminals and put them where they belong - behind bars

      J.p. - 2012-01-25 13:46

      Marius, do not make your lack of resources the taxpayer's problem. More than ZAR 21 billion siphoned off and that while we are paying company tax of almost 50% compared to Mauritius at 15% and Botswana at 25%. If part of that ZAR 21 billion was rather used to support our police services, Leigh might still have been alive today. Fact is that PB managed to present evidence that only supported the confession made by Moodly and that was why Donovan was convicted. Hard fact is that Leigh's parents will never see their daughter again. She was robbed of a potentially full life by a heartless monster. If she was my daughter, Moodly would have been wondering now what have happened to the 12 promised virgins and I would have been in jail.

      tyron.rees - 2012-01-25 15:54

      @wildways. Are you a policeman? Dont you dare critisise any policeman for the inadequacies of lazy fat cat politicians. You have no idea what these men and woman on the ground have to go through and yes there are some bad cops but there are a hell of a lot more good ones. The point Marius makes is a very valid one and he isnt critising PB...merely drawing notice to the fact that with more resoruces we could have many "supercops"

  • Bryan - 2012-01-25 13:37

    You should rot in hell Moodley... May every convict in prison sodomise you until you get every possible disease...Scumbag!!!

  • - 2012-01-25 13:41

    Seriously... I do believe that our courts have other more important and critical issues to deal with... accept the fact that you got caught and serve your time!!

  • hellopat - 2012-01-25 13:46

    I hope his kidneys are ok

  • vlarismam - 2012-01-25 13:49

    The media should not even give this sicko the time of day - and neither should we. I'm sure his main aim is to remain in the spotlight by spinning more lies. WHY do they (media & justice) pander to these psycho's!

  • pberchu - 2012-01-25 13:50

    2 little 2 late.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-01-25 13:59

    yeh right you know you guilty may you fry in hell

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-25 14:06

    Donovan Moodley can try all he likes to prove himself innocent, I hope he ROTS in prison. Leigh's family will never see her again, he is a vile person.

  • Lynn - 2012-01-25 14:08

    He is a prime example of why the death sentence should be reintroduced into the law books of SA. He is evil personified and should not be allowed to utter Piet Byleveld's name let alone call him corrupt.

  • Niel - 2012-01-25 14:22

    You should be swinging by your neck you worthless little excuse of a man, not parading for the media.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-25 14:23

    The air in the prison cell is to good for this pathetic human being. I wish him nothing but pain and suffering.

  • swmccullough - 2012-01-25 14:25

    I would like for him to walk our streets again..........South Africa is not a safe place you know!

  • Arthur - 2012-01-25 14:34

    I agree with Moodley's submission that Beyleveld abused his power.The trial of Fred vd Vyver is just one example to remind us of the antics and shenanigans of the SAPS.

  • laven.subramoney - 2012-01-25 14:35

    Forgive us all for condemning this man father .....for your word says we have all sinned and fallen short of thy glory. let me not be like these others and cast the first stone for we to are all sinners and also responsible for not only Leighs death but for many others Lord. Thy commandments are true and if we keep them close to our hearts many sins can be avoided ......

      Linda - 2012-01-25 15:39

      What are you really trying to say?

  • Arthur - 2012-01-25 16:05

    why don't they just hang the sucker

  • Wendy - 2012-01-25 16:15

    I DON'T KNOW WHY COURT TIME AND MONEY IS WASTED ON THIS LUNATIC. Leave him where he is to rot. He is a murderer and a wastrel and needs to be kept out of the public eye and away from reasonable people.

  • John - 2012-01-25 16:24

    The only truthful thing he did was to admit to murdering her. But then he had little choice then. He admits to lying in the previous trial.... why should anyone believe him now??

  • Francois - 2012-01-25 16:59

    I hope he gets bail and is released between us. I wanna be there when it happens.

  • gerry.pelser - 2012-01-25 17:00

    Moodley's chutzpah notwithstanding, the rubbish is as guiltyy as can be, I've always postulated there is a lot more to this than meets the eye. its not as cut and dried as it seems.

  • Anne-lize - 2012-01-25 17:17

    Why did you plead guilty then?? May you rot in jail!!!

  • Jacqui - 2012-01-26 10:05

    I thought the courts had better things to do. How long has the Rhino killers been out on bail?. Apparently the courts are too busy to hear their case, but this individual appears in court and demand a new trial. He needs a new brain.

  • nspaynter - 2012-01-28 18:44

    Piet Byleveld was also involved in the Station Strangler case and the conviction of Norman Simons. Simons was only convicted on one of the charges and on the testimony of one witness. He was taken to court a few years ago because they wanted to take blood samples for new forensic testing. He agreed. None of the samples matched! Byleveld messed up on that case. Recently the SAPS investigated the murder of a Stellenbosch University Student, Inge Lotz. They wanted the boyfriend to be convicted. They reckoned they found a thumbprint on a rented DVD cover which placed him in the flat at the time of the murder. The rented DVD was returned to the rental shop. later a fingerprint expert from the US proved the finger print came of a curved surface like a wine glass. In May 2000 I was arrested in Franschhoek. Two boys falsely accused me of sodomizing them. The investigator, Laurie Britten, took them to Paarl DS and he found no signs of penetration She tried to force him to change his finding. She then took them to a Dr. Williams in Pniel for another look say the DS wasn't available. She was a blatant liar, even lying under oath in court. She also planted evidence. A question I still haven't had answered. Why was I left alone for half an hour in a SAPS car in Wemmershoek while being transported back to Alandale Prison? A few days earlier I was left alone in the reception at the local district surgeon. NEVER TRUST THE POLICE.

      Colleen - 2012-02-12 17:22

      Nobody said that Piet Byleveld was perfect. Show me one person who has never made a mistake.Sorry that you had a bad time with the police, but not all of them are rotten.

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