I was set up, says Donovan Moodley

2012-01-25 14:42

Johannesburg - Convicted murderer Donovan Moodley claimed in the South Gauteng High Court on Wednesday that he was forced to confess to the murder of Leigh Matthews.

During his application for a retrial, Moodley said he was denied a lawyer when investigating officer Piet Byleveld interrogated him.

"He said there would be no lawyers until he was finished with me."

Moodley said he initially told Byleveld and seven other policemen that three drug dealers - called Frank, Allie, and Jemba - had orchestrated the kidnap and murder of 21-year-old Matthews on July 9 2004.

Moodley told the court Byleveld stood on his chair and lifted his handcuffed arms up from behind.

"The pain was too much for me and I cried."

Byleveld then told Moodley "I must say I did it alone".

"They asked questions; Byleveld would suggest an answer and I would say yes," Moodley said.

Evidence destroyed

The poor English in the transcript was evidence of this, he said.

Moodley - who chose to represent himself in court - said the confession should have been made before a magistrate.

"[But] they knew I would tell the magistrate what was happening."

Moodley claimed that Byleveld had "abused his power" by changing dates and destroying evidence.

He said Byleveld had caused Rob Matthews - Leigh's father - to change his witness statement.

Byleveld has since been replaced as investigating officer after his retirement from the police.

In an SMS Matthews was forced to send her parents, Moodley said she referred to her captors in the plural "they", proving he had not acted alone.

"But [the SMS] was lost because it suits Byleveld's purpose," said Moodley.

He argued at length that it was impossible that he could have moved Matthews from her car to his in the busy parking lot of Bond University without anyone seeing him.

‘I was set up’

"So much evidence points to the fact that I was set up."

Moodley said he wanted a retrial to tell "this version of the truth, which I maintain to be the truth".

Previously, he did not mention the three drug dealers in court as he feared they would harm his family.

At the start of his application, he said: "Donovan Moodley has become persona nongrata, untouchable. Even people close to me refused to give testimony and don't want to be associated with the case."

He was found guilty in 2005 when he pleaded guilty to murder, kidnapping, and extortion, and was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, 15 years for kidnapping, and 10 years for extortion.

Moodley - who appeared in court in leg irons - retired to the holding cells before the court proceedings began because he objected to the media's cameras in court.

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

Application without precedent

Moodley expressed surprise that Judge Joop Labusagne - 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.

Dressed in an over-sized 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.

  • Larry - 2012-01-25 14:49

    If the Lying scumbag was set up, then he should name the names and get them to join him, but no more of the crap from this thing, he needs to now go away and die in jail. - 2012-01-25 15:12

      @Larry,didnt you read the previous article? He named them by their names. And he says they are also drug dealers

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-25 15:16

      Lying Mr Moodley.

      Joe - 2012-01-25 15:17

      @ yola - I think Larry means really name them, Frank, Allie, and Jemba ain't gonna cut it in a murder case.

      Ann - 2012-01-25 15:29

      I reiterate: Donovan Moodley couldn't lie straight in bed! Does he really think anyone will buy his concocted fabrication as opposed to a respected master of his craft, namely Piet Byleveld? Stay in jail and take your punishment Donovan!

      kevin.moreland2 - 2012-01-25 15:43

      dude he did properly!! frank,Allie,and Jemba

      Larry - 2012-01-25 16:04

      I know a lot of Franks, not too many Allie's and Jemba means nothing. Before they lock him up for good, he needs to be a tad more specific. Full names, where, when, how, who what. Then kick the lot (if any) into jail to join him.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-25 16:15

      Is there a more despicable character in South Africa? Man, this guy brings out the worst in me... - 2012-01-25 16:41

      As much as I do not trust Mr Moodely's naming and shaming, there is always the slightest chance of anything being true. If it is that Frank, Allie, and Jemba could just be the names. Drug dealers and Nigerians dont tell their real names, they just go by names like "Prince A" etc. From Trevor's point of view, Indians arent that dangerous lol. But the question remains, why did it take him so long to "tell the truth" and realise he was setup.

      nasheenar - 2012-01-26 07:58

      Fact of the matter is he was envolved in the crime, whether there were more people or not he was still part of this kidnapping and cold blooded murder. He was part and parcel to this so he belongs right where he is. I can only hope that one day soon he can be honest enough to admit to the crime. What he needs to realise is that he is not the victim here.

      Shaun - 2012-01-26 08:01

      Better still if the death peanalty was in place the scumbag could have already been removed from society

      pieterla - 2012-01-26 09:40

      Did the devil set him up?

  • Citizen - 2012-01-25 14:50

    Rot in hell, you had your chance to speak out, whats this, you had enough of being someones 'old lady'

      stuart.steedman - 2012-01-25 15:47

      @Teri, you suggesting that because someone's melanin pigment count is different, I would somehow magically condone murder because he's white? Seriously, get stuffed. You're a troll.

      mossie.geldenhuys - 2012-01-25 16:08

      Oh Teri, always the race card. BORING!!!

      Max - 2012-01-25 16:38

      What Donavon...Whats the hurry to get out all of a sudden...Has your cell mate run out of vaseline..

      Sean - 2012-01-25 18:09

      What the hell is this idiot trying ? Why does the court have to hear his sh@t !

  • Marthinus - 2012-01-25 14:50

    Oh just shut up and take your punishment like a man. Be glad Leigh's family and friends don't get to meet you in the bush.

      mossie.geldenhuys - 2012-01-25 16:09

      Oh Teri, always the race card. BORING!!!

  • planetdonovan - 2012-01-25 14:52

    please stop reporting everything this convicted criminal says

      Oscar - 2012-01-25 15:13

      agreed - he is getting way to much attention

      Steven - 2012-01-25 15:14


  • grantybobbins - 2012-01-25 14:54

    If i had as much time as he has in jail to think about it all Im sure i could also come up with a fabricated story such as this to 'get out of jail free'.

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-01-25 14:54

    Papa has him on a leash over there. He's Papa's b#tch in every sense of the word.

  • Johan - 2012-01-25 14:56

    "I didn't do it, it was the men from Mars" "I didn't do it, nobody saw me doing it" "I didn't do it, it was Apartheids fault"

  • E=MC2 - 2012-01-25 14:58

    lol, 10 out or 10 for effort there Donovan! SAPS arent THAT clever.

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-01-25 15:01

    He's wasting the Court's time. Maybe he's tired of picking up the soap

  • Daemon - 2012-01-25 15:08

    This guy obviously heard the Kings speech and has first hand experience of "moral decay" in his cell, It must be getting really painful for him being the local catamite.

      Jannie - 2012-01-26 08:19

      LOL hahahahaha classic

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-25 15:10

    Sorry 4 U scumbag, unlike shaik, you wont get a free pass out of jail!!

  • Ian - 2012-01-25 15:13

    You lying Bastard, the only liar here is you, nothing was orchestrated, you killed poor leigh and now you are trying to get away with it, maybe the 3 drug dealers were huey dewey and louis and you are donald duck. If you have any remorse you will stop putting the Matthews family through any more suffering, you took the money and ran off to durban with the real accomplice - your girlfriend. If there were other acclompices then speak up so they can be arrested and tried as well and sentenced to life with you, I hope the whole lot of you burn in hell

  • Deon - 2012-01-25 15:22

    He probably did have help, but was the "mastermind". Enough evidence points to you, stop abusing the system.

  • Barbara - 2012-01-25 15:24

    if this piece of trash is so innocent, why was his girlfriend/fiancee wearing Leigh's ring after her death, and when it was pointed out to her, why was she so reluctant to part with it? The answer, Moodley was the villain who gave it to her. Byleveld has always said Moodley had at least one accomplice - the question is who? Is it someone who has now fallen out with Moodley and now he is becoming brave or verbose? Either way, he must stay locked up, this is not his get out of jail free card. Can you imagine what he could do to the Mathews family if he is let out?!!!!!

      Lisa - 2012-01-26 12:48

      Read Byleveld's book - the whole scheme is laid bare in Leigh's chapter. This scumbag has kidnapped before, the only difference is that he got caught this time.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-01-25 15:25

    Yeah right - and the pope smokes dope!

  • Martin - 2012-01-25 15:28

    I feel for the family as they thought that they finally had closure. The thing is that we dont know who is telling the truth now.

  • thozi - 2012-01-25 15:32

    Mr Donovan Moodley still has a chance to make up and tell rediculous stories to the courts, unfortunately Ms Leigh Matthews will never ever get that opportunity. And yet she was the innocent victim. How cruel can the system get?

  • Johan - 2012-01-25 15:33

    When you start telling story after story and they are all different - you will eventually loose credibility . . . .

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-25 15:56

      Father Christmas and the seven dwarfs actually done it and framed him .

  • helgardt - 2012-01-25 15:43

    Shut him up for good and stop wasting our tax money.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-25 15:48

    Do us all a favour . Hang yourself from the jailbars with a bed sheet. Then we can say , for once he did the right thing. Please Donavan I am begging you. Do the right thing.

      Jerhone - 2012-01-25 17:26

      it would save us tax money

  • Chris - 2012-01-25 15:50

    Filthy swine .... If ever anyone needed to be executed, Moodley does.

  • Sphiwe - 2012-01-25 15:58

    Ok so...It took you seven years to remember that it was a set up are a professional lier !

  • John - 2012-01-25 16:00

    Attacking Byleveld's credibility is probably one of the more stupid things Moodley has done and he's done some stupid stuff. Why is this idiot allowed to keep comming back to apply for a retrial. He's been found guilty and his appeal failed? Is this opportunity afforded to all criminals?

  • Robert - 2012-01-25 16:02

    The sad part is that this idiot will not read these comments. Does he have access to a computer? Hopefully not

  • Steyn - 2012-01-25 16:08

    Jou gat is seker noual lekker seer, ne, jou kluit. Hou nog net n paar jaar uit. Dan sal jy hopelik nie meer die pyn voel nie

  • myfriendshane - 2012-01-25 16:16

    Funny thing is that Dir Byleveld, always said that there were accomplices. This oake is a clown. Bust the nigies as well, they are ruining SA.

  • Francis - 2012-01-25 16:25

    Not even Shaikalaria or Selebiisis are going to save you and the Krugersdorp abductor/murderer, you can compare notes on how your perverted ideas were not good.I'm pushing 66 and would take a chance, thank your lucky stars they are not my grand daughters, hit men come cheap in this country, chookie or not!!

  • Benny - 2012-01-25 16:44

    Do you think this guy is stupid to want a retrial? He obviously know that he is innocent . Attacking the IO credibility is the way to go. Except for the ring, I think there was no sufficent evidance to prosecute here. All evidance is circumstntial and it could get him out of jail. This guy is smart.

  • comurray - 2012-01-25 17:32

    This moron of an individual claims he was forced to admit he murdered Leigh Mathews. He is now looking for simpathy. Ha ha, what an idiot he did the dirty deed and took the ransom cash now please do us all a favour and rot in prison. You must never ever be let out alive.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-25 17:59

    L I A R !!!!!

  • sikhumbuzok - 2012-01-25 20:34

    i listened 2 Piet Byleveld on safm last yr nov/dec. wat article and many others dont mention is that this case isnt closed. he mentioned that a syndicate was or may have been involved. i want this case closed and everyone who was involved tried.

      Benny - 2012-01-26 09:16

      @Sekhu thanks for your informed view on this issue. Most people are just emotional abaut the whole thing without looking and understanding the facts. This guy was definatley not alone on this.

  • Judith - 2012-01-25 21:32

    Holy moly - this sounds like this guy has a great imagination......

  • Ian - 2012-01-25 21:46

    he says he was denied a lawyer, is that why you fired the lawyer that was representing you in the beginning, you sick fk

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-01-25 22:37

    Dear Mr Moodley, You took the life of a young up and coming girl who had her whole life ahead of her. Now, six years later you want to come forward and tell us the "truth". Please sir, do us all a favour and die. You are nothing bigger than a parasitic smear on the feaces of the human race. You are a liar, a thief and a murderer and you deserve absolutely no sympathy whatsoever. If you know the "truth" and you now choose to tell us the truth then the best thing that you can hope for is that your conscience will be cleared when you face your ultimate judge. Please stop trying to convince us of how honourable you are by now saying that you want to tell the truth. You lied then and you are lying now. Please stop wasting my hard earned money on your publicity junket. I consider myself to be an intelligent, reasonable and forgiving person, but even at this time, I consider you to be nothing more than a lying theiving turd who deserves everything that you have coming to you. I have never ever wished evil upon anyone in my life, but I find myself sitting here today wishing you every evil perceivable. May your God (Whoever that might be) go with you to your finality and may your demise be a long, slow and painful one so that I, and the rest of the civilised human race may witness your suffering. I wish you no peace whatsoever, no matter how much you beg for forgiveness, I and many others will never forgive you for what you did to Leigh.

  • Cracker - 2012-01-25 23:11

    Moodley is talking cr.p. Once again, to remove all doubt about the accuracy of interactions between the state in its various forms and citizens, change the law to make it obligatory to record the interactions. In fact, and slightly off the topic, video record every street and corner in this country. The technology is available. It is about an accurate record of what takes place. Otherwise it later develops into disputes that we should not even have to waste time on. It will also protect state employees against fabricated accusations.

  • Breinlekkasie - 2012-01-26 06:54

    Fake an illness.

  • branden.hart - 2012-01-26 07:39

    Can someone please just squash this bug - Does the family have to relive the pai every time he has a deranged BrainFrt

  • Jannie - 2012-01-26 08:15

    Donovan it only took you seven years to figure out this story. Plenty of time...loser, you must be dumber than i thought, the only kidnapper dumb enough to ask for such little money, and then kill the victim. so it took you seven years to figure out the " nigerians made me do it" defense, you might as well have blamed it on the tooth fairy. retard

  • Preshen - 2012-01-26 08:18

    He made it impossible for Indian guys to get a white chick

      Jannie - 2012-01-26 08:21

      lol haha

      Nyiks11 - 2012-01-26 08:27

      and Shrien Dewani made it impossible for Indian guys to marry Indian girls

  • Kirsten - 2012-01-26 08:26

    Seems like Moodley is taking a few notes from Mr Shrien Dewani.. Put him back in jail

  • Banas - 2012-01-26 08:27

    Lots of time in prison to think plan and scheme. Moodley insisted that he worked alone. Piet Byleveld has said in many interviews that he suspected that Moodley had accomplices.

  • Hemlock - 2012-01-26 09:33

    Donovan Moodley, wipe your mouth, you are talking sh*t!

  • julie.khan3 - 2012-01-26 11:15

    His murderous photo horifies me.U """""""",u took the life of a beautiful woman,robbed her sister of a sister,destroyed her family.No ways....Stay there till u rot and drop.No sympathy for me.Piet Byderveldt revealed everything the minute he arrested u ..and there onwards.

  • Cristina - 2012-01-26 12:12

    Liar Liar pants HOT on fire!!!! You do the crime you must do the TIME!!!

  • Lisa - 2012-01-26 12:53

    If Mr Moodley is clever, he'll tay behind bars at least he is safe there - if he ever gets free, some angry member of the public will kill him. After all, an eye for an eye...

  • nlchetty - 2012-01-26 13:23

    I belive Donovan is innocent and he needed all this time to get his story straight,the truth is the justice system in south africa is messed up..hope he gets out

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