Family of murdered Leigh Matthews not interested in mediation with her killer

The family said they had been called to participate in a mediation process with Donovan Moodley but they were not interested.


JOHANNESBURG - Leigh Matthews' father, Rob, said that he wanted his daughter's convicted killer, Donovan Moodley, to stay behind bars.

In 2004, Matthews was kidnapped and her body found with a bullet wound after her father paid a portion of a ransom for her release.

READ MORE: Moodley’s chilling account of Leigh’s murder

Her killer, Moodley is currently serving a life sentence at the Johannesburg Prison.

He's been fighting his sentence with appeals and applications for early parole.

The family said they had been called to participate in a mediation process with Moodley but they were not interested.

Rob Matthews said they wanted Moodley to stay behind bars.

"There's never going to be a reconciliation between Moodley and ourselves. He's messed our lives up, he's messed a lot of people's lives up and he's lied so many times that it's hardly of any benefit to get in front of Mr Moodley for the truth. But once we find more information from Correctional Services, there may be other areas that we're not aware of, so we've not made a decision yet."

Matthews’ family said they were angry and confused over a looming parole hearing for their Moodley.

Rob said they didn’t understand why they were informed that Moodley’s eligibility for parole.

“When he was given the life sentence, my family and I thought that was great. When someone gets a life sentence, that sentence has to be carried out.”

Meanwhile, their lawyer said they would be opposing any such parole application.

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