Lotter murder: Accused claims assault

2011-10-26 22:30

Durban - Double murder accused Mathew Naidoo was allegedly assaulted and denied access to a lawyer during questioning by police, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban heard on Wednesday.

"Captain Shane Naidoo struck me across the face. I wasn't told that I could have legal representation and my rights were not read or explained to me," Mathew Naidoo said.

He told the court Captain Naidoo was not happy with his answers on his alleged involvement in the murder of Maria Magdalena and Johannes Lotter of Westville, Durban on July 19 2008.

"At first I denied the allegations, but the officers would raise their voices and I would receive a smack from Captain Naidoo. I answered yes to the questions because I was being assaulted."

Mathew Naidoo claimed a group of officers were present during questioning, saying he was told that the Lotters' children, Nicolette and Hardus, had implicated him in the murder.

After the alleged assault, police took him through a pointing out exercise. Two parcels containing two pairs of jeans and gloves were retrieved.

Naidoo admitted to having thrown the packets away at Nicolette's instruction, but said he did not know what was inside.

"I threw away the packets at Kings Avenue after Nicolette and I visited the Pavilion. I did not know what was in them. I assumed it was dirt."

He told the court that police did not explain to him the repercussions of the pointing out.

Naidoo said police Captain Neville Ever coached him to answer questions in his warning statement.

According to the statement, Mathew Naidoo planned the double murder, but later said this was a fabrication by the investigating officers.

A Captain Delport told the court that Naidoo did not ask for legal representation, and denied the assault allegations.

On Monday, the court heard the motive for the double murder was to get a share of the Lotters' inheritance.

The trial continues.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-10-27 05:55

    yeh right and the moon is made of cheese

      Ann - 2011-10-27 08:06

      Oh boo hoo! You are involved in a heinous crime bud - time to take your just medicine ...

  • Charles - 2011-10-27 07:14

    Ag siestog. This barfbag stabbed, strangled and murdered two people (a woman and a grown man), and now he wants to cry coz the cops slapped him around a bit? Pathetic loser.

  • Myth - 2011-10-27 07:17

    Yes, he is probably correct as the police do not respect the rights of others at all. Should they? Well, it is a question of integrity, also, 2 wrongs don't make a right. Not an easy one to answer to everybody's satisfaction, but for them to break the law is corruption.

  • noelene.subban - 2011-10-27 08:42

    I don't understand why this trial is taking so long to end. Mr and Mrs Lotters family (son and daughter not included) need closure. Clearly Mathew Naidoo is lying, and Nicolette and Hardus Lotter have confessed. All 3 should be sentenced!!!

  • Marion - 2011-10-27 09:32

    I would have done more than klap him.

  • Angela - 2011-10-28 04:19

    What a pathological liar. A few days ago he said he couldn't identify those who assaulted him. Bloody coward. I didn't know.... I wasn't told.... blah blah bglah. The Lotter's parents didn't know and weren't told either you evil schmuck. Only mentally challanged morons could fall for your BS

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