Lotter case heads to Durban High Court

Indictments were served on the Lotter double murder accused on Friday and the matter was transferred to the Durban High Court.

Mathew Naidoo, 22, his ex-girlfriend Nicolette Lotter, 26, and her brother Hardus, 20, appeared briefly in the Pinetown Regional Court, all charged with two counts of murder.

At the last appearance, Naidoo was granted R20 000 bail and on Friday he walked into the court side-by-side with his mother.

He was seen wearing headphones.

The trio were accused of murdering the siblings’ parents, Magdalena and Johannes Lotter, at their Westville home in July 2008.

Previously, the court heard that Magdalena was shocked with an “electrocution machine”, bound and gagged, then stabbed repeatedly.

Johannes was assaulted and then strangled with a piece of electric cable.

The indictment papers stated that the accused had “conspired to kill the deceased” and the state argued that the trio acted in “pursuance of a common purpose”.

Earlier in a confession, Nicolette said she believed Naidoo was the “son of God” because he was able to make predictions that come true.

She said he was “a medium that God and evil could use to speak to them”.

The case was remanded to March 12 in the Durban High Court.

The siblings were kept in custody while Naidoo was out on extended bail.—Sapa

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