Donovan Moodley wants to tell 'the truth'

2012-01-25 07:55

Johannesburg - Donovan Moodley, the convicted killer of 21-year-old student Leigh Matthews, is expected to apply for a retrial in the South Gauteng High Court on Wednesday, according to a newspaper report.

The Star
reported that Moodley would also apply for his conviction and sentence to be set aside, as he returns to the court to present "the truth".

Moodley was found guilty of murdering Matthews after he kidnapped her from the Bond University campus in Sandton, Johannesburg, in July 2004.

He held her for several hours before taking R50 000 in ransom money from her father, and he then shot her. He was sentenced to life in prison for the murder, 15 years for the kidnapping and 10 years for extortion by Judge Joop Labuschagne on August 4, 2005.

Moodley claims in the application, that three drug dealers, called Frank, Allie and Jemba, forced him to kidnap Matthews.

This was after their attempt to kidnap a French student, named Gasper, didn't go as planned.

He said he didn't know the drug dealers but wanted to help them kidnap Gasper because he owed them money and was wealthy.

Moodley said he was so scared of the three, he left Bond University, but they tracked him at home.

They informed him that they couldn't find Gasper, and were desperate for money. This led to the kidnapping of Matthews.

  • Larry - 2012-01-25 08:00

    This guy would not know the truth if it jumped up and bit him on the Ass.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-01-25 08:34

      and if the truth did so it will surely die...this guy is poison in a human form

  • Lynn - 2012-01-25 08:07

    Disgusting piece of humanity. He must stay where he is. Its where he belongs.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-25 08:08

    Shut up and stay in jail. You a lunatic no amount of clap trap crap will bring back that beautiful girl you murdered.

  • George - 2012-01-25 08:11

    Do not allow prisoners access to the media, books and the likes. They have lots of time to think up nonsense behind bars.

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-25 08:12

    Stop wasting my tax money and stay in jail where you belong !!

      laurentia.hodge - 2012-01-25 09:22

      staying in jail will still waste our tax money - this is why we should have the death penalty again. get rid of the weeds for good!

  • dean.obree - 2012-01-25 08:12

    1.They informed him that they couldn't find Gasper, and were desperate for money. This led to the kidnapping of Matthews. THIS DID NOT LEAD TO THE COLD BLOODED KILLING of Leigh. Donovan still had a choice; Leigh did not. 2. Donovan had all the opportunity to tell the truth during investiagtion and court case. WAS HE NOT UNDER OATH?. 3. Why did he not tell the "truth" to his parents, future wife, friends & family about his drug problem and ask for help? 4. Why was the money he got for ransom not used to pay his drug debt instead of bike / car repairs, holidays and celebrating the senseless killing of an innocent daughter / sister / loved one. Do not pass go, do not get R200, stay in jail.

  • SGL - 2012-01-25 08:16

    It's the easiest thing to blame it on drug lords who only have first names and no known abode. Fact is Donovan, you killed Leigh and you need to be removed from society for the duration of your natural life. Why should you be given any leniency when you showed Leigh absolutely no respect or sympathy? You took her life, you robbed her family of a daughter. You made your bed, you lowlife, now sleep in it!

  • Johan - 2012-01-25 08:16

    In Piet Beyleveld's book he said Moodley must have had accomplices. If more people needs to go to jail, let it be. Moodley is still quilty.

      Hendrik - 2012-01-25 13:42

      Quite correct, yes. It was certainly suggested that "he did not act alone". But NOT as JOE commented that the investigating officer "was convinced" he is not the killer.

  • Cheryl - 2012-01-25 08:17

    Who cares if drug dealers 'made' you do it, you still did it!

      alanaR.rodriguez - 2012-01-25 08:24

      I agree 100% - The fact that others where invovled makes no difference as to who pulled the trigger! All he is doing now, is proving what a liar he really is, because in the past he denied that others was invovled.

      Pierre - 2012-01-25 09:22

      Give him his day in court as we want the drug dealers behind bars too.

  • Kumeshen - 2012-01-25 08:20

    poor Liegh,this guy is the reason we need the death penalty back.Rot in jail you piece of SCUM.

  • alanaR.rodriguez - 2012-01-25 08:22

    That Moodley pulled the trigger is no question, however ace detective Piet always said more people was invovled, Moodley did not work alone...

  • Piet - 2012-01-25 08:24

    If you want to tell the truth, tell it to GOD....

      dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-01-25 11:06

      @ PieterWolf. Who said this turd was ever going to meet with God?

  • Ian - 2012-01-25 08:34

    tell you what you sick scum, if there are 3 drug dealers as you say you better tell the police where they are so they can be picked up and charged with Leighs murder and locked up, but YOU are not going anywhere, the 4 of you can rot away, there is a special place in hell for the likes of rubbish like you, I am still convinced your so called acclompice was your girl friend, another thing you liar, there are no drug dealers because you took the money and ran off to Durban with your girlfriend and had a merry good time (That was presented in court) while the entire country prayed and hoped for Leighs safe return. BURN IN HELL

  • kritzinger - 2012-01-25 08:34

    Or, I have a better idea... rot in jail, bottom feeder. No revelation on your part can change the fact that you killed her.

  • Gustav - 2012-01-25 08:39

    The "truth" according to who and why did he not come out with the "truth" during his trial???

  • suraksha.naicker - 2012-01-25 08:58

    Please dont waste the tax payers money , no matter what story u cook up now , Matthews will not come back . Just like Dewani , it does'nt take a rocket scientist to figure out the so called "truth " . Tobad this country does'nt believe in the death penalty cos that is what you deserve .

  • Sean - 2012-01-25 09:03

    This guy was so dumb, in fact he is the dumbest psychopath ever.

  • Henning - 2012-01-25 09:05

    Why wait 8 years to tell the "truth"? I could write 3 novels in that time!

  • Ronnie - 2012-01-25 09:15


  • raegan.mcreed - 2012-01-25 09:31

    can some one please put a gun to this guys head already, he needs to be put out of his misery, i hope he gets many schlongs up his choc box whilst in prison...

  • Candy - 2012-01-25 09:42

    He is disgusting and must rot in jail forever!

  • inwardk - 2012-01-25 09:45

    If Donothan Moodley had one once of honour left in his sorry body, he would truthfully tell the whole story - including where he stored Leigh before dumping her - and then he would kill himself.

  • Hemlock - 2012-01-25 09:50

    A life sentence is just that....LIFE IN PRISON. You have to do the time if you do the crime scumbag! They "forced him"!!!!!...what a crock of sh*t! I so hope he is the prison bitch and has his bumsy wumsy buggered frequestly!

  • lenandiv - 2012-01-25 09:53

    I just finished the book on Piet Byleveld, the investigating officer. He always believed that Moodley did noy act alone.. it was proven in court that Leigh Matthews was killed in a different location, kept in fridge/freezer somewhere and then dumped. Moodley is GUILTY by all means but it would be good if ALL the scumbags are caught!!!!Or else they might do this again.

  • NickvanderLeek - 2012-01-25 09:56

    fiction can be fun

  • Wendy - 2012-01-25 09:59

    I dont think this guy wil recognise the "truth" if it jumped up and bit him. Just finished reading the Biography on Piet Byleveld and that opened my eyes to how devious this guy is. and why wait 6 years?????

  • Gerrit - 2012-01-25 10:05

    yeah and im the toothfairy.scum of the earth.sit and rot in prison,

  • Schalk - 2012-01-25 10:12

    So which version of the truth will this be then? You must rot in jail for what you have done to that young person and her family. Lowlife!

  • Hemlock - 2012-01-25 10:24

    Donovan Moodley is like haemorrhoids - an unwanted pain in the ass whose elimination would be a great relief. The creep is an oxygen thief!

  • peter.norma - 2012-01-25 10:36

    He pleaded guilty and confessed to the murder, kept the victim's ring and now, 6 years later, he comes up with this. The police and the courts have lots on their hands trying to put other murderers away where they belong, so lets not waste any more taxpayers money and time on this.

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-01-25 11:02

    I cannot believe that any people with an average intelligence would ever believe a word that thismman utters. To think that he actually eats with that mouth after spewing all this bulls*@t. Lock this scumbag up and starve him to death.

  • Janet - 2012-01-25 11:17

    This poor family - will they ever find peace. It is bad enough that your daughter was kidnapped and murdered, but now years down the line the killer wants to reopen very painful wounds.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-25 11:27

    Why the sudden urge to tell the truth now????

  • swavka - 2012-01-25 11:42

    i wonder how much he is asking for his "truth"

  • Mahomed Dawjee - 2012-01-25 11:46

    The fact that u had something to do with the killing of this innocent girl even though u probably didn't kill her yourself I hope u don't get a retrial and continue to rot in prison

  • Barbara - 2012-01-25 11:51

    So if he is now telling the truth it means he was lying under oath??

      haigs - 2012-01-25 12:05

      Yes, a crime called perjury! Add that to his jail sentence too.

  • ailsa.j.loudon - 2012-01-25 11:54

    More lies!!!!!

  • haigs - 2012-01-25 12:02

    What we have is a pathological liar! How can anyone EVER believe what he says? One lie to the next, to the next...... ad infinitum. He made his bed and must lie in it. End of story

  • Anthony - 2012-01-25 12:08

    I don't believe you

  • Judhi - 2012-01-25 12:33

    Let him talk so, the drug dealers too can be imprisoned with him as he is an accomplice.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-25 12:35

    Good give his day in court, let him tell the truth and then tack another couple of years onto the end of the sentence for perjury. He was party to murder and must suffer the same as everyone else, the only up side is we may get to take a few more scumbags off the street

  • LSsmilee6 - 2012-01-25 12:49

    pathetic excuse

  • Raul - 2012-01-25 13:04

    He is a blatant scumbag lier and judging by the ribbons of support he had from all the scumbgas around him makes me sick. He never confessed. Was convicted on GOOD EVIDENCE. The investigation officer was convinced that he had accomplices. Those scumbags will also be caught...

  • MikeBrassellSA - 2012-01-25 13:04

    Think of the parents, you disgusting pr#ck

  • Theresa - 2012-01-25 13:15

    the fact that you are living and costing us tax payers money is unfuriating, who do you think you are to demand a retrial????????

  • Mohsin - 2012-01-25 14:05

    rot in jail u mook

  • Nick - 2012-01-25 14:12

    After 6 years in jail, he now wants to tell the truth and all ?? Must have had a revelation, or a very slow rush of blood to the head !

  • Gary - 2012-01-25 15:08

    This scumbag, the person that pulled the trigger and fired the bullet that killed Leigh, is still behind bars and until the death penalty comes back that's where he must stay.

  • cruywagen - 2012-01-25 15:45

    I have no doubt that he belongs in Jail. If this girl was not kidnapped by him she would not be dead right now. Regardless of his participation and the details thereof,he remains guilty. Her family would not have had to suffer through the pain and anguish of having lost a daughter if it wasn't for him. I say have the re trial and see who else can join him in jail.

  • Leendert - 2012-01-25 16:04

    Although it's never too late (certainly for the parents and family), any time off should be recompensed with time added for the additional stress on them. If he'd told 'the truth' in 2005, he would have given them 67 more years of closure. But I guess he needs the 'incentive' so will get a reduction anyway.