However, in 2010 Moodley decided to change his plea and appeal against his life sentence in 2010. He gave a bizarre version of how it was he who was the real victim. He described being kidnapped by three men along with Leigh. They murdered her, he said, and forced him into making a false confession by threatening to murder his family.
His appeal was unanimously denied by the Constitutional Court.
Then, in March 2015, after being told that he was to be transferred to another prison, Moodley petitioned the courts.
He stated that at Diepkloof Prison he was comfortable in his single cell, and his family was close by. He was studying for a law degree, and receiving the medical care he needed for a developing diabetic condition and failing eye sight.
“It is submitted that it is most disturbing that I am seeking relief from this court when I should be studying. This is an unnecessary and callous distraction by the DCS [department of correctional services]. It is time consuming and mentally draining,” he wrote in his court papers.
Now, after serving less than 17 years, and after earning credits for good behaviour, Moodley will stand before the parole board at Johannesburg Medium B Prison at 9am and explain why he should be granted his freedom.
The Matthews family will be present. They will be opposing his request.