No one believes Leigh's case is solved - Moodley

2012-01-26 22:31

Johannesburg - Convicted murderer Donovan Moodley will hear at 09:30 on Wednesday whether the South Gauteng High Court has granted his application for a retrial.

Judge Joop Labuschagne said on Thursday he would consider the matter and 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 murder, 15 years for kidnapping, and 10 years for extortion.

Moodley began his application for a retrial on Wednesday. He chose 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 three.

On Thursday, Moodley said he did not contact the police after Matthews's body was discovered because he was afraid.

"I was sitting at home watching the media coverage on TV. The reason I did not go to the police was [that] I was totally afraid and freaked out."

Moodley claimed that evidence found in Matthews's car was tampered with. He said a lottery ticket with his fingerprint on it was faked to frame him.

"There is no lotto ticket in the police's inventory," he said.

A footprint, allegedly belonging to Frank, was destroyed or lost by the police. This proved that "all the hullabaloo I have made about the confession is indeed true," Moodley told the court.

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

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

No proof

Van Zyl said Moodley had the chance then to tell his version of the truth, if he had lied originally.

"He makes the sweeping statement that everything he needs was destroyed by Byleveld. There is absolutely no proof that it ever existed."

Moodley said the statement he gave when pleading guilty in the trial had not been corroborated by police investigation.

"I was a young, defenceless man, who was crushed by the weight of the State," he said.

Moodley said his home, including cupboards and two deep freezers where a body could have been hidden, was never forensically examined.

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

In Moodley's rebuttal of Van Zyl's arguments against a retrial, he said the State's only answer to his arguments on Wednesday was that they were improbable.

"There are many improbable stories out there in the world that are true."

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

"History is replete with innocent men being burnt at the stake... I saw an entire Oprah show about similar cases," he said.

Byleveld had repeatedly told the media that more arrests were expected in the case.

"No one in this court believes this case has been solved," Moodley said.

  • Bokfan - 2012-01-26 22:53

    Ok that first one was a bit harsh. Lets try again Donovan here is an offer you can't refuse. Come to Limpopo for a free retread. I'll even chuck in a litre of unleaded and a bic lighter. On the house. Hope to see you as soon as you are free.

  • Nel Van Der Westhuizen - 2012-01-26 23:46

    Good lord Donovan, give it a rest. Haven't you done enough? Do you gave any idea what you are putting the Matthews family (and yours) through?

  • Eddie - 2012-01-26 23:58

    I think this mr moodley is writing a book like murder she wrote but this is not a movie, he playing with people emotions and this time it will be the end of his book,you do the crime you pay the time,dont give this ass hole any respect or sympathy,as i said early on he must rot in jail.

  • Peter - 2012-01-27 00:24

    ithink heud b rite....piet always believed he had more than 1 accomplice...his guitly plea was very fishy....he is partly2blame 4 this 2

      berni.venter - 2012-01-27 10:16

      He is COMPLETELY TO BLAME! He just admitted he lied while under oath during his trial??????

  • Farta - 2012-01-27 00:34

    Someone with an ulterior motive (here at News24) is pushing this story very hard.

  • Craig - 2012-01-27 01:06

    Well give up the other three, and when they are arrested, we will hear what they have to say, then you can all share a cell together.

  • Jim - 2012-01-27 01:07

    Will someone PLEASE send this 3 times a liar back to jail for life and stop wasting the taxpayer's (yours and my) money

  • raegan.mcreed - 2012-01-27 06:05

    send him to Pollsmoor ....

      Ian - 2012-01-27 06:36

      now we talking

  • JohnSA02 - 2012-01-27 06:19

    The time to have raised all this was during the first trial. He must now bear the consequences for not having done so. We should not be even considering a re-trial, nor giving Moodley so much space in the media.

  • Ian - 2012-01-27 06:38

    tell you one thing for sure, we all know it wont happen but if the sick bastard does get leave to appeal, my guess is he wont make a km/h outside the prison walls and he will be taken out

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-01-27 06:44

    Having followed ths saga over the past week, I have noticed that Mr Moodley has already confessed in open court to having perjured himself not once, but three times. Please, Your Honour, can you just find him guilty of perjury, contempt of court and of defeating the ends of justice and then add another 10 years to his current sentence for all of the above. He is wasting our taxpayers money.

  • Darryl - 2012-01-27 07:06

    Byleveld is a legend !!! Sorry Donovan but not even Oprah can save your sorry ass. Is this the best story you can come up with in seven years? Take another seven !

  • malcolm - 2012-01-27 07:16

    He is involved and deserves his sentence. However I do agree that the case is not fully solved. There were others involved.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-01-27 07:19

    you sure has enough time now to watch Oprah so on behalf of the tax payers in the country enjoy your life and i believe the right man has been caught i rest my case

  • Henri James Christie - 2012-01-27 07:27

    Can't understand why the courts are even considering this twat's claims. He was sentenced and that is it. For 5 years he has been in jail scheming and now comes up with a load of bull.

  • Larry - 2012-01-27 07:27

    Headlines should read "Nobody believes Moodley". Just make the Bastard go away now.

  • phumlanii - 2012-01-27 07:29

    I don't think Moodley is lying. Why would he revive the matter when he is already serving his sentance? I don't think the court of law will be lenient on him even it's proven that he is innocent.

      Ian - 2012-01-27 07:33

      so taht the bastard can get out and sue the state, like our government this piece of filth is obsessed with money

      MrGuyT - 2012-01-27 08:40

      He is a liar...... he has nothing to lose why not waste more tax payers money

      Pierre - 2012-01-27 09:30

      Giving him a retrial does not mean one think he is innocent; it is more that the original case was strange from the start and with a retrial we might find out what really happened; his sentence might decrease, but in return the other criminals can also be brought to justice. False confessions have been obtained before by police. Evidence have been manipulated before (refer Inge Lotz murder case). On the waist of money, recently somebody made a R100000 lawsuit for being called a “white bitch”. If courts have time for that, they should have time for this retrial too.

  • Ian - 2012-01-27 07:35

    I am totally amazed by the thumbs down our comments have been getting, ancyl trolls

  • winston.mullany - 2012-01-27 07:37

    You right its not solved, we still wondering why you not hanging at the end of a rope, that is the great mystery of this case which will never be solved! Maybe they should just let you go and then the rest of us will 'solve' the mystery ourselves!

  • Liesl - 2012-01-27 07:48

    this sound more like a confession to me... how is it humanly possible for someone to "fake" your fingerprint???? BS!!!!!!!

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-01-27 07:56

    Come on news24.... you're just rehashing the same story over and over again now. And Donovan, you lying cretin, most people in that court think the case has been solved, and they know you're guilty of murdering an innocent young girl because you are a sociopath and should not be allowed to interact with normal society.

  • salome.bezuidenhout - 2012-01-27 07:59

    So Mr Clever Convicted murderer Moodley, you call me a nobody? You have watched too much TV in prison. What was that programme where the inspector played by Frank Opperman always said, "Mense wat dink hulle is donners smart is nie altyd so donners smart nie"

  • Elle-Black - 2012-01-27 07:59

    Why is this guy still trying to draw attention to himself? He should be hiding away in shame, in his cell.

  • John - 2012-01-27 08:18

    Will someone put this sick animal down?

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-27 08:23

    Is the media trying to make this murderer a celebrity overnight, what about the Matthews family, have they not been through enough. This psychopath needs to remain behind bars for the rest of his wicked life.

  • angelique3d - 2012-01-27 08:26

    So let me see if i get this Moodley...You are serving prison time & you in your prison cell. While reclining on your bunker you were watching Opera. A light bulb went off & you had an "AHA" moment..."Brilliant Brilliant"...

      Xavier7034 - 2012-01-27 08:33

      SMALL correction @angelique - "Oprah" not Opera...:-) - Actually, on second thoughts, it may well be Opera.....COMIC Opera :-)

  • MrGuyT - 2012-01-27 08:39

    Throw the key away . Who needs this pathological lying murderer

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-27 08:40

    I see the Moodley supporters are giving thumbs down to this sick vile person - Pollsmoor is where he should be!!!!!! RIP Leigh Matthews, you deserved to live as well.

  • angelique3d - 2012-01-27 08:44

    Forgive my typing error & repeating my comments.. i meant to type "OPRAH"

  • primetimeacc - 2012-01-27 08:48

    Oh yes - I believe that you pulled the trigger, but also that you had outside help that was never disclosed - family???

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-27 09:01

    Irrespective of any new findings or even the trigger man, Moodley remains an accomplice and as such should be considered guilty of murder as such. The US law is the best, if you do crime and someone is killed you are as guilty as the person doing the killing.

  • arlene.hanns - 2012-01-27 09:36

    Just stay in prison with "Papa",Donny boy....At least he'll want u around,coz we certainly dont want u on the outside!

  • TonyPerkis - 2012-01-27 09:42

    What a pillock.

  • berni.venter - 2012-01-27 10:14

    Me thinks Correctional Services should take his TV away... been watching way too many episodes of CSI!

  • Chantal - 2012-01-27 10:18

    OMG. Really? Is Donovan feeling a bit left out? Needing some attention, the poor little murderer. Get off our news - you're not quite worthy of our time. How does it take you 7 years to decide you're innocent? If I was as enormously intelligent as you claim to be, and I was as innocent as you're making yourself out to be - there is NO way I would sit in silence for 7 years!!!!!!! Continue to enjoy your time in jail and have fun with your inmates. You're boring us with your whiney little pleas. I bet it is not as much fun as you imagined now is it? I am sure Leigh appreciates that you're being punished somewhat for your crime. Just think - if we had the Death Penalty, we would not be subjected to your lies and whiney claims. Pity about that.

  • Ruth - 2012-01-27 10:20

    Who spent the money then? or was that under duress as well?

  • logical007 - 2012-01-27 10:26

    Too much TV especially OPRAH is a terrible thing!!! The law in America is very different to SA. To my knowledge, a retrial is America NOT South African The Bill of Rights in the Constitution of South Africa forbids a retrial when there has already been an acquittal or a conviction. So Moodley You wasting your time!

  • nadia.chotu - 2012-01-27 11:39

    Why wait all this time??? Surely if one is innocent, you scratch, kick and scream from the get go....not seven years later? Also I seem to recall that you never showed any emotion during your first trial, not remorse not shock, not injustice ( nothing) and now you allege that you were coerced into a confession? I don't know.... Donovan your story seems to be a little thin at this time. You lack credibility by having waited so long....

  • Pur - 2012-01-27 11:55

    I say give him a re-trial, find him guilty again, and let him start his new sentence from then - that will make him think about wasting the court's time.

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