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‘Kotze tried to help wife’

The ‘Modimolle monster’s’ lawyer says his client begged his estranged wife's rapists not to hurt her.

 ‘Modimolle monster’ Johan Kotze. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - The defence attorney for the man dubbed the 'Modimolle monster' said his client will testify that he begged his estranged wife's rapists not to hurt her.

Johan Kotze is accused of hiring three men, Andries Sithole, Peter Mohlako, and Sello Mphaka to rape and mutilate his wife Ina Bonnette.

Her son, Conrad Bonette, was allegedly killed by the suspects.

On Wednesday, Bonnette took the stand for a second day in the North Gauteng High Court, where defence lawyers cross-examined her.

Kotze's attorney Bernard Bandjies recounted his client's version of the events in the months and days leading up to the attack on Bonnette.

He said Kotze was in emotional turmoil days before the incident, having discovered that his wife was seeing another man.

Bandjies said Kotze saw Bonnette dancing and being intimate with another man on New Year's Eve.

This is something Bonnette has admitted to.

The lawyer then read from a letter Kotze allegedly wrote straight after this, which was found at the crime scene.

In it, Kotze wrote that Bonnette had lied to him, cheated on him and destroyed him.

Kotze also said that he "was done".

Bandjies claimed that on the day of the attack, Kotze heard shouting and saw three men in the bedroom.