Leigh Matthews' killer turns to High Court for clarity on prison sentence

Donovan Moodley believes he should serve a 20 year life sentence and be eligible for parole after 13,5 years.

FILE: Donovan Moodley. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted murderer Donovan Moodley is going to court to try force correctional services officials to give him clarity on his sentence and parole criteria.

Moodley was convicted of murdering student Leigh Matthews in 2005 and is currently serving a life term at the Johannesburg Medium B Correctional Centre.

He believes he should be serving a 20-year life sentence and not 25 years.

He also believes he should be eligible for parole after 13 years and six months and not after serving his complete sentence.

Moodley wants clarity on his sentence and parole criteria and wrote to correctional services officials in March this year, but he is yet to receive a response.

As a result, he's now going to the High Court in an attempt to force prison authorities to give him a response in writing.

In court papers, he argues that there has been an infringement on his fundamental right to just administrative action.

The convicted murderer is currently studying towards an LLB degree.

Earlier this year he approached the court to prevent him being moved to a different prison so he could continue his studies.