Donovan Moodley's bid for retrial fails

2012-02-01 10:23

Johannesburg - Convicted murderer Donovan Moodley has had his application for a retrial rejected by the South Gauteng High Court.

Judge Joop Labuschagne said Moodley's case, in which he represented himself, was riddled with inconsistencies, and it is not in the interests of justice that the facts of the case be reopened and amplified.

"In my view, this application is a desperate attempt by the applicant not to reveal the truth, but to run away from it," the judge said.

"I cannot find that there is a possibility that another court will come to a different conclusion."

Moodley was found guilty in 2005 of kidnapping and killing student Leigh Matthews, and of extorting money from her father.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

  • Shaun - 2012-02-01 10:26

    Great news - good on you Judge Labuschagne

      GeeWizz - 2012-02-01 10:28

      Give the judge and Shaun a Bells, great decision. He could have spoken up years ago if he was telling the truth.

      Squeegee - 2012-02-01 10:31

      Hi Ho, Hi Ho, back to jail you go!Give Pappa my best.

      Joe - 2012-02-01 10:32

      Agreed good call, whole week of media hype wasted, not that I suppose they've got anything better to do.

      Jack - 2012-02-01 10:39

      May he rot in jail!!

      Burtfred - 2012-02-01 10:49

      The only purpose this application served was to reveal to the general public just what an evil, cunning and devious piece of humanity this Moodley is. I wonder if his mother even loves him.

      Priyal - 2012-02-01 10:50

      Give that man a Cell!

      kayceechick - 2012-02-01 10:56

      Woo Hoo *does a victory dance* rot in hell!!!

      rbphiri - 2012-02-01 10:58

      Probably also thought that after he gets a retrial, that he will also get his own series of Murder The idiot Wrote on Bolly Wood.

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-01 11:14

      Fantastic *bbmdanceemoticon*

      Rudie - 2012-02-01 12:10

      Give the judge a bells and a curry.

      Wesley - 2012-02-01 17:16

      Hi Van, Dono what the jude said but he had his aha moment

  • charne.kemp - 2012-02-01 10:27


      rbphiri - 2012-02-01 11:01

      They should've given him a retrial and say that he was actually supposed to get 2 life sentences; for murder and being an idiot.

      Monique - 2012-02-01 12:43

      LOL...Phiri! that's funny.

  • Lulama - 2012-02-01 10:28

    serves him right! what was he thinking??

      rbphiri - 2012-02-01 11:02

      Was thinking nothing as usual. His brain is a haven for echoes.

      zmbova - 2012-02-01 12:11

      Maybe he thought he could take a chance with our mostly flawed justice system.

  • Matthew - 2012-02-01 10:29

    No surprise there, just surprised they wasted all this time pandering to this thing's vanity and craving for the limelight.

  • Burton - 2012-02-01 10:30

    Rot in jail!

  • Andrew - 2012-02-01 10:30

    Lets hope this issue is now done and dusted and Moodley serves his time without being allowed to again waste the courts time and taxpayer money. I am sure the trauma to the Mathews family has been immense and hope and pray they can now lay the whole matter to rest.

  • Oscar - 2012-02-01 10:32

    miracles do happen

      kayceechick - 2012-02-01 10:58

      What miracle? Its logic and facts involved here. - 2012-02-01 14:08

      So Judges work on miracles? Your comment is an insult to men learned in law.

  • Aliyah - 2012-02-01 10:32

    sjoe what a relief!!!! if he's as innocent as he claims,then he should've opened his big mouth then... rot my china!!!!!

  • Nicholas - 2012-02-01 10:33

    Moodley should have thought about "telling the truth" during his trial, and not 6 years later after he realised what jail is really about.

  • Greg - 2012-02-01 10:34

    Not so clever after all.....

  • Grimmister - 2012-02-01 10:35

    Well done Judge...Moodley's feeble attempt at thwarting the justice system has failed..His arrogance is only surpassed by his ignorance...Thumbs up for the justice system this time.

  • Shaylene - 2012-02-01 10:35

    Good!!!!!! deserves u right Mr Moodley

  • Vegi - 2012-02-01 10:36

    A retrial would have served no useful purpose in as far as his fate is concerned, he does not deny being part of the crime that involved other mysterious people. He still deserves to be in jail. He was not falsely accused. In fact if one follows the logic of his argument, he could have saved the innocent girl by reporting the crime before the girl was killed. Even if there were other mysterious people involved as he alleges, he gleefully participated in the killing of the girl. The prison authorities should even ignore the life threatening sickness that he is now going to pull as a last bid at freedom.

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-01 11:19

      I fully agree, I can already see the life threatening sickness bid coming... that bastard!!

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-02-01 10:36

    Think about the family of that girl you killed punk, just rot in hell or be sent to China for the big DROP

  • Mark - 2012-02-01 10:38

    What great news least justice was done. Rot in hell you dog ....

      Bernard - 2012-02-01 12:08

      Hey Mark, leave dogs out of this - they are wonderful creatures far better than any human person

  • Jason - 2012-02-01 10:38

    Sorry pal, go back to your hole, and take your punishment like a "real" man - oh and eh dont drop the soap!!

      Barker - 2012-02-01 12:04

      Bubba is waiting for him

      meredith.r.pollock - 2012-02-01 16:32

      Nicely said Jason :-))

  • Ian - 2012-02-01 10:38

    get back to your cell you piece of crap and rot, if you want you can hang yourself, the sooner scum like you is thrown into hell the better, btw theres a very special place in hell reserved just for you, suffer you piece of feaces suffer

  • Sharon - 2012-02-01 10:41

    Yay .............Justice is done .........Good for you Judge Labuschagne

  • greg.greubel1 - 2012-02-01 10:42

    I think Moodley should now be charged with purgery and if found guilty sentenced to an additional term to be added on to life sentence!!

      Ian - 2012-02-01 10:50

      definitely , add on another 25

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-01 11:08

      ye he can then spend the rest of his life in purgatory

      Vegi - 2012-02-01 11:17

      It is perjury, Sir.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-01 10:43

    Ok now be a good boy, and take it like a man! for the rest of your natural life d!pShyte! Sooo happy for you!

      maraup - 2012-02-01 11:43

      if one combines half lie and half truth..WHAT ARE WE GONNA CALL THAT, coz we cannot slap them together and call it TRUTH...eithe r way he is telling half truth...TOO LATE for that...6 yrs nogal

  • Michelle - 2012-02-01 10:43

    Hopefully closure now for Leigh's family. Moodley is a slimey b#stard and should never be allowed the limelight again. He absolutely revels in it

  • derekneilmaclachlan - 2012-02-01 10:45

    He should not have even had a shot at a re trial!!!

  • Mzamo - 2012-02-01 10:45

    Now he can go to Oprah!! We'll wait and see if she is willing to hear his story!

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  • dlawre30 - 2012-02-01 10:45

    Hoooray - justice at last.

  • michael.e.bowery - 2012-02-01 10:50

    Let him rot in gaol where he belongs, with time to consider what he did!

  • MurrayDixonTaylor - 2012-02-01 10:51

    I am glad the Matthews Family will not be subjected to a re trial and having to go through this ordeal all over again. They are moving on with the life as best they can and Moodley must now move back to his cell.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-02-01 10:52

    Get back to jail you troll, your boyfriend is waiting for you!!!

  • THE_SAINT - 2012-02-01 10:53

    LETS DRINK BELLS TO THAT ... rot in jail you lil p r i c k

  • Gavin - 2012-02-01 10:53

    Wow, did he honestly expect the courts to grant him a retrial ? What a schmuck. He needs to come to terms with the fact that he did the crime and he must do the time. Go take a class in knitting or something, because you suck at making sh1t up.

  • Maria - 2012-02-01 10:54

    He had the chance and he blew it.

      Chris - 2012-02-01 11:27


  • Freddie - 2012-02-01 10:55

    Sanity prevails! Let's hope we do not hear about Donovan Moodley ever again and he quietly serves his time.

  • vpjclive - 2012-02-01 10:55

    They should add 10 years onto his sentence for wasting the courts time and money

  • allen.visser - 2012-02-01 10:58

    Great news! Why dont you give up your REAL accomplices? Howz your girlfriend leaving work early that same day? And the brother-in-law, was it, who owned the mortuary? Funny how the girls body was previously frozen at some point and suddenly the mortuary gets sold at the same time... mmmm... Tell us the truth Donovan.... 1 down, now Shrien Dewani's turn.....

      alxsmith2 - 2012-02-01 11:42

      Allen did he plead guilty ? (I can't remember) If so then the case is closed.

  • alxsmith2 - 2012-02-01 11:02

    There is enough evidence to confirm Donovan did not act alone. How can the case be closed when others involved have not been found? will this ever happen?

      allen.visser - 2012-02-01 11:06

      Not if he pleads guilty to all charges. Investigations cease at that point. Unfortunately.

      steve.dupreez - 2012-02-01 12:00

      What eveidence is there to confirm the convicted murderer did not act alone. Please - I might have missed that in the load of garbage this guy spoke.

  • Heather - 2012-02-01 11:08

    Good. Justice has been served.

  • mauritzswanepoel - 2012-02-01 11:09

    I was actually looking forward to a retrial, not because I think there will be a different outcome, but this character is quite a funny guy, would have loved to see what he would have come up with!

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2012-02-01 11:09

    Great news. Thank goodness. hope this is the last we hear of this idiot.May the Matthews family be allowed to find closure at last...

  • Mmamorena Renie Motshwanedi - 2012-02-01 11:09

    Moodley is insane, he must serve his term just as he made Leigh go through all that.

  • spookhuis - 2012-02-01 11:13

    Two great judgments in two days, love it. Poachers 25 years now this.

  • sabzamotha - 2012-02-01 11:17

    buyela etilongweni SATANE, what were you waitng 4 all thise years.You have learned another stricks in jail.

  • SGL - 2012-02-01 11:18

    Oh, a definite when "Harry Met Sally" moment..... YES, YES, YESSSS! Stay where you are Moodley. Great news!

  • John - 2012-02-01 11:22

    Sow how how come he was allowed in court as a convicted murderer, not handcuffed and not in prison uniform? And giving interviews to the Sunday Times, nogal! This man is a danger to society!

  • Johnny - 2012-02-01 11:24

    Vat so Moodley !!

  • Ian - 2012-02-01 11:24

    There is one thing none of us will never know, what did poor Leigh go through on that God forsaken day - 2012-02-01 14:23

      Agreed, but not just that one day, somebody is forsaken every day

  • Lindela - 2012-02-01 11:26

    Well I think he deserves to stay in jail for his crime. But if there were other accomplices then they should be pursued and brought to justice. We can't allow foreign criminals to run amok. The Serbians, Czeck Mafiosos and Nigerian drugloads and possibly kidnappers and murderers to walk free and leave this mampara only in jail.

      Jymiro - 2012-02-01 11:55

      I fully agree, this was my argument all the time. They are risk to society. Lets call Piet to investigate them if is such a super investigator

      Monique - 2012-02-01 12:52

      Please do yourself a favour and go and read Piet Byleveld's book. He describes the whole investigation in there. The people who were 'suspected accomplices' were family and friends of Moodley's. There was not enough evidence to convict any of them, yet Moodley took the fall himself without implicating any of his helpers. That is why he has been lying from the beginning...the state only had enough evidence against Moodley to charge him, plus he made a confession of pulling the trigger.

      Monique - 2012-02-01 13:02

      FYI... Piet is regarded one of the best serial killer detectives South Africa has ever had. Won numerous awards. Again, go read his book-and het your facts straight before you comment on something you know very little or nothing about. Ps...Piet caught two of the biggest serial killers in our country's history, the Nasrec killer Lazaros Mazingane and the Wemmerpan killer Cedrik Maake. AND, did you know that there was over 50 detectives trying to solve the Leigh Matthews case when Piet was asked to step in and help and guess what, the guy is in jail now.

  • Gerrie - 2012-02-01 11:34

    Good, now, drop your pants go down on your fours, big daddy will take good care of you....

  • MrGuyT - 2012-02-01 11:35

    Let the liar rot in jail !

  • RealityDan - 2012-02-01 11:35

    Priyal - February 1, 2012 at 10:50 Report comment Give that man a Cell! No THAT was sharp.

  • Sechaba - 2012-02-01 11:36

    Moodley is too clever, he once said so himself

  • gary.dasilva - 2012-02-01 11:36

    Go and sit and do your tiem you did the crime you do the time AH