Nicolette Lotter 'on religious mission'

2012-03-08 22:37

Durban - Nicolette Lotter was on a religious mission to kill her parents, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban heard on Thursday.

"She was on a journey to find peace," clinical psychologist Laurens Schlebusch told the court.

Nicolette, 29, her brother Hardus, 23, and Naidoo, 25, stand accused of murdering the siblings' parents Maria Magdalena "Rickie" Lotter, 52, and Johannes Petrus "Johnny" Lotter, 53, in July 2008.

Naidoo, 25, initially pleaded not guilty, but later changed his plea to guilty. He said he did not murder the couple, but helped cover up the crimes.

When Nicolette met Naidoo she had spiritual problems. She was troubled and believed her maid was using witchcraft on her.

"Her own need to find answers about religion made her vulnerable," said Schlebusch, who described her as hyper-religious.

"That is when religion is taken out of context and someone becomes obsessed with it. There are elements of a dysfunctional belief system and thought."

He said the purpose of religion changed.

Nicolette researched the Bible fanatically, and could quote verses and chapters, Schlebusch said.

He testified that Nicolette was an abused woman, who suffered from anxiety and stress.

"She was in an abnormal and dysfunctional relationship with Naidoo. He abused her emotionally and physically."

Schlebusch described the type of influence Naidoo had on Nicolette as "coercive persuasion".

"This is done by reprogramming someone's thinking, by breaking down their beliefs and introducing a new belief system."

Schlebusch said this was done by rituals performed by Naidoo, who claimed to be the third son of God.

"This is done by an intelligent and charismatic individual."

He told the court that Nicolette knew killing her parents was wrong but believed she was doing the right thing.

"She expressed sincere remorse and felt guilty. She admitted responsibility for the murders."

Schlebusch said Nicolette did not show any signs of mental illness. She had a history of depression.

The trial continues on Friday.

  • zaatheist - 2012-03-09 04:18

    Her testimony is proof that religious brainwashing causes mental illness. If she had been brought up in a secular environment and rather taught to question and reason, broaden her knowledge of the real world rather than the supernatural, it is unlikely she would have fallen for this witchcraft nonsense.

      Steve - 2012-03-09 04:54

      "She was on a journey to find peace". What a Lotter rubbish.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-03-09 12:06

      Collusion , premeditation , brutal murder for money ......... maximum sentence .

      bluzulu - 2012-03-12 20:09

      That's nonsense....These greedy,lazy little drug addicts wanted quick cash. Unfortunately the brains of the despicable trio has chosen this form of defense. Religion ....once more....That's why I am an Atheist. I am good to all regardless of faith ,colour or creed. I have no need to pray for forgiveness in the evil manner South african's treat their fellow countryman as my moral standards towards fellow humans' dictates my behaviour.

  • Garth Dean Mulholland - 2012-03-09 05:36

    These people are freaks of nature.the media and the courts have spent far too much time and money on this case. It's time South Africa brings back the death penalty . Garth

      Schmee - 2012-03-09 11:26

      Do you think her parents would still be alive if we had the death penalty?

  • john.h.viljoen - 2012-03-09 06:25

    enough already,sentence them.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-03-09 07:52

    Enough already, sounds like the Jub Jub case. Just put a bullet in all of them.

  • dikeledi.pitsok - 2012-03-09 09:38

    why contiue with the trial if she admitted to killing her parents, send them all to jail.NEXT CASE

  • Jacqueline - 2012-03-09 10:44

    She must be schizophrenic. When a schizopheren take on any believe in anything they tend to become obsessive about it and take on the persona of whatever they believe. In this case religion, she actually believed that she is acting upon God’s will. Correct so that she will quote every verse and phrase in the Bible she is convinced that she did it for the good of religion. Yes she knows according to the constitution she is a murdered, but not according to God’s will, not if she’s done it to purify her sole. They tend to read the verses and interpret it in their own way

  • Warwick - 2012-03-09 13:10

    Well now she can carry on saving people in prison. Always so called remorse after the fact. Stuff her.

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