Leigh Matthews (South Africa)

Leigh Matthews (South Africa)

Leigh Matthews (South Africa)

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<!-- Deleted image removed: -->Leigh Matthews was a South African university student who was kidnapped and murdered by Donovan Moodley on 9 July 2004, the eve of her 21st birthday.

The subsequent arrest of Donovan Moodley three months after Leigh's kidnapping sparked a media frenzy, with the ensuing court case being one of the most closely followed in South African history

Leigh Matthews

Born on 8 July 1983, Leigh was born to Rob and Sharon Matthews, who at the time of Leigh's murder, lived in the fairly affluent Johannesburg suburb of Fourways, where she attended Bond University in Morningside, Sandton, studying chartered accounting.

Leigh was described to be "charismatic and social" by her friends and family.

The Murder

Leigh was abducted from the parking lot at her college. Shortly after her kidnapping, local police embarked on a large-scale hunt, which caught the attention of the South African media. Shortly after the kidnapping, a ransom demand of R50,000 was made to Leigh's father, who dropped off the money. He was able to hold a short telephone conversation with her after that; it was to be their last communication.

Leigh's body was discovered by a grass-cutter in Walkerville, Johannesburg on 21 July 2004. An autopsy revealed that whilst she was found naked, save for some earrings, she had not been raped or sexually violated in any way. She had been found with a single bullet wound to the back of her head. Further investigation showed that it...
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