Mathew Naidoo changed his plea to guilty for murdering a Durban couple, as he had helped to cover up evidence afterwards, he said on Monday.
“But I did not cause the death of these people... I want this trial to be over,” he told Durban High Court Judge Shyam Gyanda.
He said he did not plan the murder of Maria Magdalena “Riekie” Lotter, 52, or that of her husband Johannes Petrus Lotter, 53, in their Westville home on July 19, 2008. And he was not there when they were killed, Naidoo said.
The 25-year-old changed his plea from not guilty earlier in the day. He told the court he wanted to “completely confess” to the crime. The court adjourned to allow him time to make a detailed statement to his lawyer, Vijay Sivakumoor.
But when the trial, now in its third week, resumed, his lawyer said he had a problem understanding Naidoo's guilty plea. Naidoo then told the court he had not killed the Lotters, although he had pleaded guilty.