Victim's friend testifies in Modimolle trial

Conrad Bonette’s friend, Martinus Cloete, said he found him in a pool of blood after he was shot.

Johan Kotze inside the Modimolle Magistrate's Court in Limpopo. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - The North Gauteng High Court on Monday heard dramatic details of how a friend of Ina Bonette's teenage son discovered his bloodied body after he was shot, allegedly by the so-called 'Modimolle monster'.

The trial of Johan Kotze and three co-accused, Andries Sithole, Peter Mohlako, and Sello Mphaka, got underway on Monday.

The accused were arrested on January 11 for raping and torturing Bonette, and killing her son, Conrad.

The incident took place on January 3.

Conrad's friend, Martinus Cloete, was the first witness to be called to take the stand after Kotze's lawyers failed to have the trial postponed.

The legal team had asked for more time to conduct further psychological tests on Kotze.

The 'Modimolle monster' was declared fit to stand trial by three other psychiatrists.

Cloete told the court he went to the house where the attack happened and left for a short while.

On his returned, he found Conrad in a pool of blood.

He said there was blood everywhere and his friend was already dead.

Cloete also described how he came across a frantic Ina, who was tied up and was visibly emotional, pleading to see her son.