Kotze suffered emotional turmoil – lawyer
Johan Kotze’s lawyer says the accused was in emotional turmoil during the attack.
PRETORIA - The lawyer for the man dubbed the Modimolle Monster on Thursday told the North Gauteng High Court that Johan Kotze was beside himself and in emotional turmoil when he attacked his estranged wife.
Kotze is accused of torturing and mutilating Ina Bonette, orchestrating her gang-rape and killing her 19-year old son Conrad.
Bonette was cross-examined for the second day today.
She was asked to agree or disagree with his version of events.
Kotze's lawyer Bernard Bandjies told the court his client admitted to inflicting wounds on one of her breasts, but was shocked when he saw news reports that she sustained more injuries.
Kotze claims that on the day of the incident, 3 January, he asked her three alleged rapists not to hurt her, then walked through the house in turmoil and then back to the bedroom and asked them to leave.
He had no explanation for why his co-accused Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane, and Frans Mphaka were there.
Kotze also claims he alternatively yelled at Bonette and had conversations with her, saying she lied to him and cheated on him.
He said those conversations infuriated him until he was beside himself.
Bonette testified she was unable to converse with him as her mouth was taped shut and added that she never cheated on Kotze.
The court had to take an early break as Bonette became emotional when Bandjies spoke about her late son.