I was crushed by the state - Moodley

2012-01-26 14:22

Johannesburg - Convicted killer Donovan Moodley has told the South Gauteng High Court he wished he had the opportunity to tell the story of his false prosecution on television, saying an overzealous prosecution which did not match evidence to his affidavit was to blame for his wrongful conviction.

"I was a young, defenceless man who was crushed by the weight of the State," Moodley said, representing himself in his bid to get a retrial.

He said the statement he gave when pleading guilty in the trial seven years ago was not corroborated by police investigation.

"The public have been led to believe that something has been investigated that never was."

Moodley said his home, including cupboards and two deep freezers where a body could have been hidden, were never searched or forensically tested.


He was found guilty in 2005 of student Leigh Matthew's murder and kidnapping and the extortion of her father. Moodley was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, 15 years for kidnapping, and 10 years for extortion.

He began his application for a retrial on Wednesday.

Earlier on Thursday, prosecutor Zaais van Zyl argued that Moodley was afforded the opportunity to tell the court if he had been coerced into making his confession in the original trial.

"He was asked, have you read the statement? Do you understand the statement?... Do you plead guilty of your own free will?" he quoted from the 2005 transcript.

Van Zyl said Moodley had the chance then to tell his version of the truth, if he had lied originally. Moodley claimed on Wednesday that the former investigating officer in the case, Piet Byleveld, had tortured him during his interrogation and abused his power to ensure his conviction and lengthy prison sentence.

Moodley said he wished he could get a clip of an Oprah Winfrey show he once watched about innocent people who pleaded guilty.

'Media circus'

He directed a comment to Matthews's mother for a statement she had made to the media.

"Mrs Matthews, I never claimed to be Jesus."

Judge Joop Labuschagne interjected: "That is irrelevant to your case".

Van Zyl objected on the grounds that Moodley was using the court as a "media circus".

"This is a gross abuse of these proceedings."

- News24 earlier reported that Moodley wanted to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Sapa has since issued a correction, saying that Moodley said he wished he could get a clip of an Oprah Winfrey show he once watched about innocent people who pleaded guilty and not that Moodley wished he could tell his story on the Oprah Winfrey show.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-01-26 14:27

    Will someone close this guy s smell mouth pls!!!

      karen.glautier - 2012-01-26 14:30

      My thoughts exactly, please can someone "shut him up".

      Sean - 2012-01-26 15:44

      This guy is not ``lekker`` in his head !

      Gary - 2012-01-26 15:56

      does he even know that the Oprah show is no more?

  • Justin - 2012-01-26 14:27

    i think this guy has lost it....

      Oscar - 2012-01-26 15:22

      lost it? he never had it - LOL

  • rheinhardt.peens - 2012-01-26 14:27

    What the hell!!!

  • PadsVannieBaai - 2012-01-26 14:28

    Sick Bastard !!!

  • Yuri - 2012-01-26 14:28

    This guy is so delusional. Please go back to jail, do not pass begin, do not collect R 200 and stay there...Preferably forever.

      Johan - 2012-01-26 18:51

      Haha, good one Yuri :)

  • Daniel - 2012-01-26 14:28

    F@*K U. You just want attention you coward. rot in jail

      Xoli - 2012-01-26 14:40


  • Brent - 2012-01-26 14:29

    ooo i'd like that, oprah would probably believe him. been a while since i saw something rediculously stupid...

      Brent - 2012-01-26 14:40

      im sorry to reply to myself but i cant resist - Oprah would probably say something like this: - "everyone has their own truth and their own belief in what is right and what is wrong. Now if you you believe that if you that you were right then who am i to disagree?" then their would be this tear (looking upward saying, "O") in her eye as she continued... " i remember when i was a child OR my good friend maya angelou says OR just the other day when my babies(dogs) OR when i flew over south africa i had to see my good friend nelson mandela..." and finally to the audience... "you get a donovan moodley,you get a donovan moodley,you get a donovan moodley,you get a donovan moodley, everyone gets A DONAVAN MOODLEY!!!!!"

      r.mashigo - 2012-01-26 15:08

      i love the "i remember when i was a child OR my good friend maya angelou says OR just the other day when my babies(dogs) OR when i flew over south africa i had to see my good friend nelson mandela..."" hahaha nice one

      Maverick82 - 2012-01-26 16:22

      Ophra: " and here with us today is Donavaaaaan Mooooooooodleeeeyyy.."

  • Ndivhuho - 2012-01-26 14:29

    Sickening how he is even allowed to apply for a retrial.

      Zee - 2012-01-26 14:43

      yep, and I wonder who's paying for it...

      Wendy - 2012-01-26 14:56


  • Thelma - 2012-01-26 14:35

    You are living in a dream world you stop watching so many movies/talk shows and face reality!!!!!

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-26 14:36

    From one drama queen to another !! Moodley the mouth to Oprah the orca !!

  • r.mashigo - 2012-01-26 14:36

    Loose screw....

  • Xoli - 2012-01-26 14:36

    What is this guy smoking,he confessed now he probably dont like jail food..go rot in prison you fool..

  • Murechen - 2012-01-26 14:38

    He launched this application because he watched Oprah. They wont grant him a re-trial because he has produced any physical evidence of any of his allegations, right now its just talk - "he said, she said" stuff.

  • mossie.geldenhuys - 2012-01-26 14:39

    This guy is like Julius - gets way to much airtime

  • aardvarkie - 2012-01-26 14:39

    Dude is a complete nutter, only statement he should make is a fashion statement... wearing a straight jacket!

  • Phumi - 2012-01-26 14:39

    Another shining example of a democracy that works. You might want to tell the Brits and your fellow Indian Shrien Derwani that our laws and justice system work in this country Moodley. In this country of Mandela, Moodley has every right to exhaust all his legal avenues offered by the state. Those who are against this are enemies of democracy and our constitution. We demand that he gets bail during this period so that he can gain access to all the resources to assist him in this trial.

      Melanie - 2012-01-26 14:46

      Phumi, did you know that he went to the Appeals Court and the Constitutional Court? I would say he exhausted all his legal avenues a long time ago. Furthermore, why does he need bail to gain access to resources? Isn't that what lawyers are for? Oh wait, I forgot, he cannot find any lawyer to represent him this time around!! Wonder why.... or could it be that they know better!!

      Arthur - 2012-01-26 14:53

      He needs bail to kidnap, extort and murder more people to pay for new lawyers.

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-26 15:03

      @Arthur - Hopefully if he gets bail (I doubt it) some other nutter will do us all a favour and drive over him before he gets that chance.

      nasheenar - 2012-01-26 15:34

      Phumi what about the young lady he killed.

      Benny - 2012-01-26 15:36

      Lol Phumi I like your take on this matter. This guy has a right to get bail so that he can use the resources available to him, like Bees Roux did wen he escaped jail time, didn he confess to murder too?

      Mike - 2012-01-26 15:48

      He can't get bail he's been convicted and is most likely to abscond.

      Peter - 2012-01-27 08:36

      Phumi please explain who is the 'we' demand You and your idiotic brain? During the last investigation into corruption the justice system was found to be the most corrupt or don't you follow the news ? Lets put him in house arrest by you and you can make him your girlfriend The only thing Moodley needs is a noose around his neck !! You don't give a sh.. about the victims family

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-01-26 14:40

    time to draw up a petition to keep this idiot murderer behind bars for ever.

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-26 15:03

      Don't think it will help, but I'll sign it anyway just in case it did!

  • Sean - 2012-01-26 14:44

    This idiot is lying. During the investigation it was put to him that he was helped to commit the crime and dispose of the body. At the time he denied it. Now he wants us to believe this fabrication. The fact is that he did lie during his trial but it was to protect his accomplices. He deserves to rot in jail. If he wants justice then he should tell who helped him so they can also get what they deserve.

  • Anastasia - 2012-01-26 14:45

    attention seeking publicity whore.

  • Arthur - 2012-01-26 14:47

    How do you know when Moodley is lying? When his lips move.

  • Sechaba - 2012-01-26 14:49

    why leave Noeleen here? we got Noeleen in South Africa

  • Kala - 2012-01-26 14:49

    Yeah... And I wish I could have a Lamboghini Aventador. Well back to reality...

  • Shirley - 2012-01-26 14:51

    This is typical phsycopathic behaviour-delusions of grandeur and attention seeking. Many serial killers have confessed after 20 years on death row,giving dribs and drabs of entire story and wanting to speak only to prominant media persons. This animal is wasting tax payers money. LOck him up and be done! All this media attention is just feeding his sick mind!

      comurray - 2012-01-26 15:51

      Unfortunately Shirley it also sell news papers so it will be kept going as long as possible.

  • Moi - 2012-01-26 14:51

    If this isn't a clear indication of him just wanting to be in the limelight, then I don't know what is. He is clearly wasting everyones time. Just dismiss his application and send him back to jail, which is where he belongs.

  • Sechaba - 2012-01-26 14:51

    someone please sentence this guy to a prison in Limpopo

  • Sharon - 2012-01-26 14:52

    What a piece of work this man is lock him up and throw away the key.....

  • peter.norma - 2012-01-26 14:53

    This convicted killer is wasting everone's time and should be given an extra sentence for abusing public resources.

  • Wendy - 2012-01-26 14:54

    oh! don't we just love attention

  • Arthur - 2012-01-26 15:00

    How must Lee's family feel every time we hear about the case?

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-26 15:05

      The judge should give him an extra 5 years on those grounds alone.

  • Bill - 2012-01-26 15:00

    Why is this young killer even afforded the time to apply for a retrial? He confessed, was found guilty. Then tried to get the sentence reduced as being grossly unfair for a first offense. (By trying to get the sentence reduced as unfair he was again admitting his guilt, only the length of sentence was being appealed!) Now he claims to be not guilty. This is an abuse of the Constitution of our country, a gross abuse of the family of the murdered girl. This sociopath is using the court as a plaything.

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-26 15:07

      Couldn't agree more. It's one thing for the likes of Shaik etc to get away with fraud, but this scumbag is tearing open fresh wounds for all the family involved, it disgusts me. I hope other prisoners tear him a new one for the rest of his days in jail.

      Oscar - 2012-01-26 15:24

      Well said, Bill. See a trol gave you a thumbs down. Can only feel sorry for the trols - not much between the ears

  • Kekeletso Nakeli - 2012-01-26 15:02

    Shame, someone please let the poor sod know that the 25th season was the last for the Oprah Winfrey Show. Guess there's no SABC in jail. Next he'll be asking to be on the Felicia Mabuza-Suttle Show... Or Jay Leno.

  • Jared - 2012-01-26 15:03

    he is getting more airtime that Juju... please publish something the world cares about. And oneday IF he is innocent - imagine what publicity that will attract. So enough of these useless stories please.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-01-26 15:03

    One of the effects of getting it from behind is loosing your mind. In jail they don't ask you to give it on the platter, they take it from behind. They don't use condoms. They don't care about HIV. One of the HIV symptoms is memory loss. I hope this boy is ok, feel sorry for him.

      Mfudzi - 2012-01-27 10:24

      there's no way he can be OK. he's done with the rear business

  • Ayanda - 2012-01-26 15:04

    Oh dear, u have been in so long nobody told u The Oprah Winfrey Show is now history, enjoy your stay!!!

      Mfudzi - 2012-01-27 10:25

      have they diconnected TV's in jail?

  • lebo.lathane - 2012-01-26 15:09

    Moodley must go back to his hole and just SHUT UP!

  • andy.brewis - 2012-01-26 15:09

    Genetic predisposition to squirm away from the truth……

  • Jou - 2012-01-26 15:09

    Appears as if his time in incarceration has caused him to become senile.

  • Michelle - 2012-01-26 15:13

    PLEASE, somebody, anybody, PLEASE put this moron out of his misery!! Blegh what a revolting creature Donovan Moodley is!

  • Natascha - 2012-01-26 15:14

    is this guy for real? his own aunt wont pay for his legal fees cause she know's he's as GUILTY as sin! go back to jail and be someone's bitch!

  • Linda - 2012-01-26 15:14

    He should have thought about prior executing crime!!

  • arlene.hanns - 2012-01-26 15:14

    Who cares? He is just torturing her parents because now they haev to relive the horrible loss and now he is giving details again of the way they killed her.What if they never caught him?Would he ever have come clean?What about the goods he bought with the money?He bought a bike and jewellery...nice way of paying or his studies,hey?

      nasheenar - 2012-01-26 16:06

      Exactly, he killed her and he now he wants a retrial cos others are not sitting with him. Fact is he is still part of this crime, whats with the retrial story. The media is giving this man way too much attention like Malema.

  • Linda - 2012-01-26 15:17

    Are you allowed to laugh in court? surely this guy thinks our courts are circus!!

  • Yolanda - 2012-01-26 15:19

    If only we cared

  • Bennie - 2012-01-26 15:20

    As long as the media gives him an outlet to the world, the more he's going to come up with stuff like this. One way to make sure you are never forgotten! Time to slaughter the pig!

  • Lara - 2012-01-26 15:21

    Watch tomorrow's headlines: 'Oprah wishes she could puke it all on Moodley'.

  • ben.nel2 - 2012-01-26 15:21

    Look under your seat Donovan!!!It's the real killers!!!

  • Oscar - 2012-01-26 15:23

    Dear Lord! What next? The Larry King show?

  • Michele - 2012-01-26 15:23

    Perhaps Mr Moodley has taken an overdose of stupid pills ?

  • Mmakgomo - 2012-01-26 15:24

    This guy has had enough time to make this gibberish up in his head. Way too much on his hands.

  • estelle.potgieter3 - 2012-01-26 15:26

    Ha-ha in seven years many things changed - No Oprah show! lol - Go back!