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'Modimolle Monster' fit for trial

Johan Kotze has no mental disorder that would prevent him from distinguishing right from wrong.

Johan Kotze inside the Modimolle Magistrate's Court. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Johan Kotze, the man dubbed the "Modimolle monster", has been found fit to stand trial for rape and murder.

Earlier in 2012, he was arrested for an attack on his estranged wife, Ina Bonnette, and for the murder of her teenage son.

The three men he allegedly hired to help him are also due to stand trial in November.

Two months ago, the Modimolle Magistrate's Court ordered Kotze be sent for a psychological assessment, largely because of the violent and abnormal nature of the crime committed.

A team of three psychiatrists found he is fit to stand trial.

The psychiatrists said Kotze has no mental disorder that would prevent him from distinguishing right from wrong.

His lawyers will now have to start building his case.

According to Kotze's co-accused, they were forced to take part in the crime.

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