Moodley's story 'riddled with improbabilities'

2012-02-01 11:30

Johannesburg - Convicted murderer Donovan Moodley's supposed "true story" of the events surrounding the kidnapping and death of Leigh Matthews was barely believable, Judge Joop Labuschagne said on Wednesday.

"The applicant's 'true story' is riddled with improbabilities," he said in the South Gauteng High Court while delivering judgment in Moodley's application to appeal his conviction.

Labuschagne dismissed the application for leave to appeal against the conviction, saying it was a "desperate attempt by the applicant not to reveal the truth".

"I cannot find that there is a possibility that another court will come to a different conclusion."


He said Moodley's statement that he had been offered R1m by three men to help them kidnap another man was also questionable.

"It is in my view ridiculous," said Labuschagne.

Moodley was found guilty in 2005 of the murder and kidnapping of 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.

Labuschagne said he needed to take into account the delay in approaching the court. An application to appeal was meant to be made within 14 days.

"In my view he has failed to properly explain why it took him nearly six years."

The fact that Moodley had admitted to committing the crime was further ammunition against considering the appeal, the judge indicated.

"The applicant repeatedly confirmed his guilt for a number of years."

  • Mhlophe - 2012-02-01 11:58

    Time to STFU and go do your time.

      J-Man - 2012-02-01 12:43

      Couldn't have said it better!

  • rbphiri - 2012-02-01 11:59

    His stay in prison made him "other wise", his story will never be straight.

      steve.dupreez - 2012-02-01 12:03

      He will never be straight again either lol

  • Hermann - 2012-02-01 12:02

    Give that Judge a Bells.

  • gawien1 - 2012-02-01 12:02 your time!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-01 12:16

    Moodley should now sit down and write a book about the TRUE FACTS surrounding this case, get it published and have the proceeds go to a charitable foundation in Leighs name, that benefits kids education. Maybe even administered by her parents. May she RIP, and he rot in hell!

      Bernard - 2012-02-01 12:56

      Good common sense - well thought out mate

      Boer - 2012-02-02 00:25

      aka oj simpson?

  • Schalk - 2012-02-01 12:20

    Good call!

  • bernardhill412 - 2012-02-01 12:22

    Give Moodley some balls.

  • Breinlekkasie - 2012-02-01 12:23

    Remember the victim's family will always "do time" for this crime so you should do yours.

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-02-01 12:23

    I hope the court told him that was his last bid for freedom and that any further attempts for another hearing from his side will be squashed in his prison cell.

  • Andre - 2012-02-01 12:24

    Haha...was good for a laugh for anyway! I don't think anyone took the guy serious for a second. Infact i have no idea why the media made such a story of this...just a way to "sell papers" or to throw a cat amongst the pigeons...too many throw away stories like this around right now, the media need to report on proper news, not sensationalist rubbish like this!

      Bernard - 2012-02-01 12:58

      Speak for yourself Andre and not others

      Andre - 2012-02-01 14:03

      I am speaking for myself... that's why its my name next to the comment. You can't bring a case like that to court, let the idiot have his day of fame, upset the family even more and then splash it all over the media. Is that what the media is for?

  • Jou - 2012-02-01 12:27

    He's a professional liar. His new life in jail suits his character.

  • braamc - 2012-02-01 12:34

    Probably going to try and partner up with Selebi now. Absolutely despise these criminals, murderers in SA

      Bernard - 2012-02-01 13:12

      I wonder if Shaik will be visiting Selebi and Moodley any time soon to give them tips on early rellease ??

  • nspaynter - 2012-02-01 12:35

    There are still a lot of questions in my mind. The Station Strangler case where Norman Simons was only found guilty of one of the crimes and that on the strength of a witness that seems to be dicy. None of the forensics matched then or with the tests two years ago or so ago with fresh blood samples. Byleveld was involved in that case as well. The SAPS made a mess of the Inge Lotz case why they tried to frame the boyfriend with fingerprints they maintained came from a DVD cover, meanwhile it was later found by an American fingerprint expert to have come from a curved surface like a wine glass. I have been through the court process after being arrested on false charges. The investigator concerned was a liar and planted evidence to try and convict me. One question I still need to be answered, Why was I left alone as a prisoner, with no shackles or guard sitting in a SAPS car for half an hour in Wemmershoek when I was being returned to Alandale prison? Did they want me to run so that they could shoot me?

      ian.rundle1 - 2012-02-01 12:53

      I do believe that Moodly is guilty BUT I certainly would not put it past this Police force to rig the evidence.

      nspaynter - 2012-02-01 13:29

      So far the murder of Inge Lotz has not been solved. Another case that's still puzzling is the murder of Chanel du Toit in Franschhoek. The SAPS were determined to put the blame on her husband Johann.

  • Arthur - 2012-02-01 12:37

    Bet thats put you in a bad moodley, Donovan!

  • Charmain - 2012-02-01 12:42


  • desmandjvv - 2012-02-01 12:43

    Noticed Your'e starting to become VERY skinny in jail WHA HA HA HA HA Wonder Why ????????????? Definitely NOT the food !!!!

  • Audrey - 2012-02-01 13:06

    Mr Moodley should leave the Matthews alone I think that they have suffered enough and still is, he should be quiet use to that life by now his life is not going to be any better outside prison so repent

  • bart.schultz - 2012-02-01 13:06

    get a special task team to hunt down "the other 3 men" anyway, its not impossible that more were involved and are walking free,

  • Monique - 2012-02-01 13:07

    Wonderful News 24, again, you publish the same story under different headings. Unbelievable. Wonder if your top positions are also filled with people only on St6/7 qualifications.

  • Bernard - 2012-02-01 13:08

    Will Moodley now have recourse to the constitutional court ??

      Linda - 2012-02-01 13:28

      HA HA! Good point Bernard. His (in)human rights have been abused.

  • Vhutshilo Catherine Nelwamondo - 2012-02-01 13:28

    If u had 1million Moodley, why da hell did u take Rob's 50 000 ransom then? You really think we shld believe you now? Jus go back 2 jail n pay for your lies. Leigh didn't deserve 2 die. May her soul rest in peace.

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