Convicted killer Donovan Moodley, who kidnapped and murdered university student Leigh Matthews in 2004 will make his bid for freedom after serving less than 17 years of his life sentence (15 years for kidnapping, and 10 years for extortion).
According to News24, oral representations are currently under way at the Johannesburg Prison in Meredale as Moodley hopes to be granted parole. However, Leigh’s parents, Rob and Sharon, will oppose the application.
Department of Correctional Services (DCS) spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said: “What’s happening here [is], there are various processes that ought to be considered when an inmate has served the minimum required time and… Moodley’s minimum detention period was in June 2018, meaning that he has stayed more than the minimum required time.”
Speaking to SABC, Rob and Sharon said Moodley has shown no remorse almost two decades after the murder.
Moodley abducted Leigh from Bond University, Sandton, in 2004 after gagging her and putting her in the boot of her car.
He then demanded ransom money from her family, and after receiving the R50 000 from her father, he shot her instead of letting her go. Moodley pleaded guilty to murder, kidnapping, and extortion in 2005.