Moodley’s chilling account of Leigh’s murder

Convicted murderer Donovan Moodley has given a chilling account of the events which led to student Leigh...

Donovan Moodley, convicted killer of Bond University student Leigh Matthews, appears at the South Gauteng High Court. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

Convicted murderer Donovan Moodley has given a chilling account of the events which led to student Leigh Matthews' murder and said his version was the truth.

He applied for a retrial in the South Gauteng High Court after his previous attempts to overturn his murder conviction failed.

Matthews was kidnapped from the Bond University campus and murdered in 2004.

Moodley pleaded guilty to the crime at the time.

He told the court how he was confronted by three drug dealers who wanted him to help them kidnap a French student named Gasper.

"I then said I would help but I wanted no money and they must leave my family alone."

But when that plan failed, he was forced to help the trio kidnap Matthews.

He gave a chilling account of how Leigh's father Rob paid a ransom of R50,000 near the N1 highway.

It was all in vain as the 21-year-old student was shot and killed 12 days after the father had paid the money.

"They shot Leigh from behind and pulled the blanket at the same time. She was naked and fell like a brick."

Her body was dumped in a Walkerville field.

Sharon Matthews stood up and left the courtroom during Moodley's argument and said she could no longer listen to the graphic details.

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