Moodley set to hear retrial decision

2012-02-01 09:03

Johannesburg - Convicted murderer Donovan Moodley will hear on Wednesday whether the South Gauteng High Court has granted his application for a retrial.

Last week, Judge Joop Labuschagne said he would consider the matter and would read through the relevant documents.

Moodley was found guilty in 2005 of the murder and kidnapping of university student Leigh Matthews, 21, and of extorting money from her father.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder, 15 years for the kidnapping, and 10 years for the extortion.

Moodley began his application for a retrial last Wednesday. He has chosen to represent himself.

Moodley's argument rests on his claim that three Nigerian drug dealers named Frank, Allie and Jemba orchestrated the kidnapping and murder.

Moodley said former investigating officer Piet Byleveld forced him to say he had done it alone because he could not lead police to the others.

Prosecutor Zaais Van Zyl argued that Moodley had been given an opportunity to tell the court, during the original trial, whether he had been coerced into making the confession.

  • Ron - 2012-02-01 09:16

    What an insipid,despicable excuse for a man. Never mind jail he should be strung up.

  • Stan - 2012-02-01 09:18

    I can't believe that he was allowed to waste court's time like that. A court sitting costs quite a lot of money. Besides that... I mean the poor girl's family has had to revisit this whole thing... And for what? For someone who CONFESSED to committing this crime!! This is a murderous hoodlum of highest order!

  • Ian - 2012-02-01 09:24

    A BIG FAT NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! get back to your cell you piece of worthless rubbish and ROT

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-02-01 09:27

    Any Judge who gives this turd an opportunity for a retrial has to be off his rocker. This lying parasite has wasted the courts time, reopened the Mathews familiy's wounds and has the audacity to say that after 6 years in prison that he couldn't tell the truth then because he was afraid for his family. I hope the judge dos the right thing and charges him with perjury and defeating the course of justice for wasting the court's time and then adds 20 years on to his sentence just for good measure. Can someone please muzzle this thing for once and for all!!!!!

      dlawre30 - 2012-02-01 09:36

      Fully agree. To top it all he pleaded guilty in the first place, surely after so long he cannot change his mind? He is definately a nutter.

  • MurrayDixonTaylor - 2012-02-01 09:40

    This is a waste of taxpayers money - we are fitting the bill for this clown to run backwards and forwards to Court. The State Prosecutor, who we as the public subsidise, could be dealing with more pressing criminal issues.

  • kayceechick - 2012-02-01 09:44

    If he gets a retrial, it means he will be better exposed for people like me to cause some real physical pain on him.. I just need a clear shot, just one little gap, and I will take aim. I have had 6 years to practice. Watch out Donovan... you have enemies you haven't even thought possible hiding in all corners. Keep one eye open while you sleep, keep the bathroom door locked, and always look over your shoulder!

      Paul - 2012-02-01 10:06

      Rambo on the run?

      Jomah - 2012-02-01 10:06

      Are you available to take out a few farm murderers as well! Willing to pay top $$$$$.

      kayceechick - 2012-02-01 10:44

      @Jomah, this one is personal... so its free...

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-01 09:47

    OUTCOME: Fax to Murdering Moodley. Go back to your cell and stay there. Do not pass Go and do not collect R200. On the contrary pay the amount (to be calculated) that you have spent wasting taxpayers money. You must also report to the guy in the cell next to you for an army style haircut before end of the day. Don't worry about the blade we will provide him it is very dull and he is honestly one of our least dangerous serial killers. Have a nice day

  • Shaun - 2012-02-01 10:25

    Just seen on breaking news that moodley's request for retrial was denied - good on the judge

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