'Bonnette could have died from shock'

A doctor told the court that Ina Bonnette could have died from shock following her ordeal in January.

Gang-rape and torture victim Ina Bonette is seen in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday, 21 November 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

PRETORIA - A forensic pathologist on Monday told the North Gauteng High Court that the estranged wife of the man dubbed the 'Modimolle monster' could have died from shock.

Earlier, Johan Kotze admitted to torturing and mutilating Ina Bonnette in a January attack.

He is also accused of orchestrating her gang rape and murdering her son, Conrad.

Doctor Camillus Monulu said it was possible for someone who had undergone severe physical and emotional trauma to die of psychogenic shock.

This testimony related to the attempted murder charge Kotze faces.

Monulu added Bonnette could have contracted a serious infection if the solution, which seeped into her body when her breast implants were punctured, was not sterile.

Earlier, the doctor told the court that Conrad Bonnette died seconds after being shot three times, allegedly by Kotze.

His three co-accused, Andries Sithole, Peter Mohlako, and Sello Mphaka, also face murder changes.