Couple 'told they will die'

Six weeks before their murders, the Lotter couple were told that they had a month to live, the Pinetown regional court heard yesterday.

Six weeks before their murders, the Lotter couple were told that they had a month to live, the Pinetown regional court heard yesterday.

Investigating officer Constable Kubendran Naidu was testifying at the bail application of Matthew Naidoo. The 22-year-old, his girlfriend Nicolette Lotter, 26, and her brother Hardus, 20, are accused of murdering their parents Johannes and Magdalena Lotter.

Naidu testified the Lotter couple had received SMSes and letters with "threats against Mr and Mrs Lotter and their children".

Magdalena was shocked with an "electrocution machine" before her hands were bound with cable ties. A syringe was used to inject an air bubble into her bloodstream and she was assaulted and stabbed.

Johannes Lotter was strangled with an electric cable. - Sapa

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