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‘Modimolle Monster’ must explain murder

Ina Bonette, who was allegedly mutilated and tortured by Johan Kotze, will return to the stand.

Johan Kotze (R), also known as the "Modimolle monster", is seen in the dock in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday, 21 November 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

PRETORIA - The woman who was allegedly mutilated and tortured by the so-called Modimolle Monster is due to take the stand in the North Gauteng High Court for a third day on Wednesday.

Johan Kotze is also accused of hiring three men to rape his estranged wife Ina Bonette, and killing her 19-year old son Conrad.

Kotze's attorney, Bernard Bandjies, yesterday said his client had claimed that even though Bonette allegedly lied and cheated on him, he begged her three suspected rapists not to hurt her.

Bandjies said his client was emotionally traumatised by his on-off relationship with Bonette, and the eventual collapse of their marriage.

But it is still unclear what Kotze will say about his alleged role in the rest of the attack, as court was adjourned after Bandjies said his client was surprised by his estranged wife's screams and by the three men he found in his bedroom.
 
Bandjies read from a letter found at the crime scene, which Kotze apparently wrote three nights before the incident that took place on 3 January.

In it, he calls Bonette a liar, a cheat and says he's ‘done’ with their relationship.

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