Lotters get 10 years for parents' murders

2012-03-19 13:37

Durban - The Lotter siblings were on Monday sentenced to at least 10 years in jail for brutally killing their parents.

Hardus Lotter was sentenced to an effective 10 years behind bars while his sister Nicolette was handed an effective 12 years in jail for killing their parents Johannes Petrus and Magdalene in July 2008.

Mathew Naidoo, Nicolette’s ex-boyfriend was also found guilty of the crime.

- What do you think of their sentences? Send us your thoughts

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-03-19 13:42

    10 years for murder, pathetic!

      Sean - 2012-03-19 13:52

      Doesn`t make sense to me !! Why 10 years only ??

      daryltt - 2012-03-19 13:53

      But agh shame... it was the devil. Or the tokoloshe. Or witchcraft. So it wasn't reeeaaally their fault, right?

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-03-19 13:59

      Words fail me !!!! 10 YEARS ONLY ????

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-03-19 14:02

      @daryltt - i wonder if my 'Lord of the rings' defence would have had the same leniency , murdered my parents believing they were under the sorcery of Sauron and working directly under the command of Saruman and his dark forces'. PS:(Even if they were sentenced to a longer length of time they would spend no longer than 13 yrs in prison.)

      Paul - 2012-03-19 14:08

      That only makes 5 years per murder!!!!! It's a joke

      Pythagoras - 2012-03-19 14:08

      O_o??? 10 Years? WTF???

      Vernon - 2012-03-19 14:29

      judge needs counselling

  • Eddie - 2012-03-19 13:43

    Oh, where is the rope!

      Jennifer - 2012-03-23 19:10

      Yep TWO words - DEATH PENALTY!!!!

  • Rudie - 2012-03-19 13:43

    And so what about Naidoo? Thanks News 24 for letting us hang here.

      Marion - 2012-03-19 14:01

      I think I heard tv news saying Naidoo got 2 consecutive life sentences. Not sure if I heard right, but if I did I think that it is a gross miscarriage of justice that the ones who physically did the deed got off so lightly. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

      Vernon - 2012-03-19 14:02

      dont worry he got a 'lotter' years

      Bianca - 2012-03-19 14:24

      He got 2 life sentences

  • Angel - 2012-03-19 13:43

    the sentence handed down is ridiculous, they should have got life sentences like Matthew did, they did the crime, they murdered their parents, its sad that they took innocent lives and get such a small sentence, whats 10years really compared to taking ur parents lives

  • wcslater - 2012-03-19 13:44

    For a brutal murder 10 or 12 years is a relative slap on the wrist!! So much for justice..

  • JJ - 2012-03-19 13:44

    10 years!? Are they mad? The judiciary cleary doesn't attribute much to taking human life...what a bunch if nonsense. And no I do not believe any of the mitigating factors in this case. It should be life behind bars!!

  • Malcolm - 2012-03-19 13:45

    I wonder how years the judge's parents are worth to him

      Marion - 2012-03-19 14:01

      Excellent question Malcolm.

  • procold2 - 2012-03-19 13:45

    i think this case was a waste of tax payers money, all three of them should have got life at the very least

  • sudika.harkhu - 2012-03-19 13:46

    they murdered them with their own hands, and 10 yrs only? A Joke justice Gyanda!

  • Sibusiso - 2012-03-19 13:46

    This is a joke,to me 10 years for killing your parents is too lenient.I hope the mastermind and manipulator will get four times as much.

  • arlene.flynn3 - 2012-03-19 13:47

    this is pathetic, they should rot in jail OMG i am shocked, 10 years for murdering 2 people, your parents!! there is something VERY wrong with our justice system!!

  • Herbert - 2012-03-19 13:48

    Cry the Beloved Country!!!! Life has zero value in our 6th World Country. Given good behaviour, they and their devils will be back on street in no time.

  • Annemarie - 2012-03-19 13:48

    life sure is cheap....10YEARS, what an insult to parents!

  • Piet - 2012-03-19 13:49

    ABout the same amount of time you are going to sit for not paying tolls....The ANC has no backbone at all!!!

      Marion - 2012-03-19 14:02

      @Piet - what has the ANC got to do with the decision made by a judge and two assessors?

  • janti.cloete - 2012-03-19 13:49

    Slap on the wrist....

  • Antipoaching - 2012-03-19 13:50

    pathetic sentences! The murdrede for money for heavens sake.... all that "3rd eye of God" stuff was all bull...

  • Charmaine - 2012-03-19 13:50

    Pathetic !! they should have got life with NO parole - where is the justice - bring back the death penality - a life for a lifex

  • Shaun - 2012-03-19 13:51

    I am shocked at that sentence - 10 years means out in 5, 12 means out in 6 and they continue with the lives as if nothing happened Justice has definitively not been served here, even though they were found guilty What for the sentence of Naidoo - might be suspended in the end

      Perfume - 2012-03-19 15:17

      @Shaun for good behaviour the Lotters might be out a bit sooner than we think, whilst Naidoo will end up dying in prison.

      trix.duvenage - 2012-03-19 17:34

      @perfume: I think Noido framed the Lotters and he should have been inside very long ago. But it serves the Lotter girl well for going after gold. Now she has to face the music while her stooge brother is in it with her and her lover. All done in stupidity and tehy deserve it although I still se the Naido 'gold-digger' as the main knob......

  • Mashudu - 2012-03-19 13:51

    Seriously 10 years? Is this a Joke?

      Paul - 2012-03-19 14:44

      Yes but 5 years per murder!!

  • Aaron - 2012-03-19 13:52

    shocking. they deserve life sentences or the death sentence

  • Deon - 2012-03-19 13:54

    This is not good enough, the state should appeal. 25 years each.

  • Paul - 2012-03-19 13:56

    Ridiculous ...10yrs its a farce, some people get 15 yrs for stealing a car !!!

  • Thulane Kgomo - 2012-03-19 13:57

    is this a second chance ok what, they deserve to die cause in prison they still gonna get everything for free.

  • Paco - 2012-03-19 13:59

    but get caught stealing a sheep or a can of baked beans 25 years hard labour

  • Don - 2012-03-19 13:59

    Such a sick, hideous, barbaric crime to the extreme.

  • Burtfred - 2012-03-19 13:59

    Ten years? Is that all?

  • comurray - 2012-03-19 14:00

    ONLY 10 years for murdering their parents. All three should have been sentenced to 99 years with no chance of parole. SCUM.

  • phumeza.mntonintshi - 2012-03-19 14:01

    i can't believe this they deserve life

  • TheJaydedKing - 2012-03-19 14:01

    Hahaha - IS this supposed to deter crime? What a joke

  • Greg - 2012-03-19 14:01

    ...was this not tantamount to premeditated murder, I thought life was the minimum sentence for something like that!? ...and what about that twit Naidoo?? Let's hope he get's at least life behind bars!!

  • Deon - 2012-03-19 14:03

    Murder is ok, AS long as you PAY your TV license.

  • Thulane Kgomo - 2012-03-19 14:03

    they deserve death penalty cause even if they give them 20 years extra, they gonna have free meat while we work hard for the very same meal.

      Marius Koen - 2012-03-19 14:12

      Amen to that

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  • Den - 2012-03-19 14:04

    4 years to decide on 10 years, make no sense at all.

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-03-19 14:10

    How does this make sense?

  • William - 2012-03-19 14:13

    They should have been put in the jail and the key thrown in the Indian Ocean. Such kids should not see the light of day as free people.

  • Susan - 2012-03-19 14:13

    Not enough, but at least they'll have 10 years to sit and think about what they did. Does not bring their parents back though.........

  • neil.purves - 2012-03-19 14:15

    pathetic sentance

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  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-03-19 14:16

    is the judge related .......this was a hanging offence.

  • Thoka - 2012-03-19 14:17

    ALL this time going up or down proving their case and all you give is 10yrs. this judge needs a wake up call

  • zuksy - 2012-03-19 14:18

    great, for animals acting like people....

  • Susan - 2012-03-19 14:18

    Proof that life is cheap in SA.

  • charlene.feyder - 2012-03-19 14:21

    This is absolutely ridiculous!!!

  • Frans - 2012-03-19 14:22

    Shocking for what they have done and the way they killed their own parents, should have been jailed for life, what about Naidoo, what extenuating circumstances if any could be found were there, i suppose they were 'influenced by Naidoo'

  • Louise - 2012-03-19 14:23

    for killing your parents??? It should have been life!

  • Louw - 2012-03-19 14:28

    I hope the society reject them for a lifetime wherever they go after they completed their jail sentence.

  • Bianca - 2012-03-19 14:28

    Breaking news: Judgement has been handed down in the Lotter murder trial. Mathew Naidoo, who has been called the mastermind behind the killings, has received two life sentences while his ex-girlfriend Nicolette Lotter has been given 12 years. Her brother Hardus has been given 10 years behind bars.

  • Frans - 2012-03-19 14:32

    Yes what about Naidoo news 24,why not giving us the full details from scratch?

      Bianca - 2012-03-19 14:39

      I got that off East Coast Radio website...