NRI student held on murder charges in South Africa

  • Press Trust of India, PTI, Johannesburg
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  • Updated: Oct 07, 2004 20:09 IST

An Indian origin student has been arrested in Johannesburg for allegedly kidnapping and murdering the daughter of a white businessman.

Twenty-four-year-old Donovan Samuel Moodley was arrested on Monday and appeared in the Randburg magistrate's court on Wednesday in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Leigh Matthews, South African daily News24 said.

Both Moodley and Matthews were students at the private Bond University in the suburb of Sandton.

Moodley has been charged with murder, kidnapping, robbery and extortion, the paper said.

Moodley, who lives with his parents in the suburb of Alberton, allegedly attempted to extort more than R 300,000 from the Matthews family after holding their daughter to ransom.

Despite the father paying him about Rs 30,000, without the knowledge of the police, Moodley allegedly went ahead and murdered the young girl.

The case has been adjourned till October 15, when Moodley would make a formal bail application.


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