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Kotze requests mental assessment

Murder accused Johan Kotze wants to have his mental state assessed before trial

Modimolle murder accused Johan Kotze. Picture: EWN

MODIMOLLE - Murder accused Johan Kotze on Friday asked the Modimolle Magistrate's Court to send him for psychological evaluation.

Kotze and his three co-accused appeared in court to have their case moved to a high court.

The four are on trial for the rape and murder of Kotze's estranged wife.

They are also accused of murdering the wife's teenage son.

Kotze, the so called Modimolle monster, also launched an application for the court to ban any footage being taken of him and his co-accused.

He said there were enough images of him taken previously.

The court did not object, with the order made within minutes of the request.

Kotze's lawyers then asked the court to refer their client to an institution like Weskoppies Mental Institution for a psychological assessment.

The team argued the crimes committed by Kotze were abnormal, and it is the court's duty to send him for an evaluation.

The state did not object, with the trial now set for November.