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Lawyer says Kotze suffers acute stress disorder

Johan Kotze's lawyer Piet Greyling says his client suffered severe stress when he attacked his ex-wife.

Johan Kotze's lawyer Piet Greyling says his client suffered severe stress when he attacked his ex-wife. Picture: EWN.

LIMPOPO - The defence lawyer for the man dubbed the 'Modimolle monster' on Monday claimed his client suffered from acute stress disorder when he attacked his estranged wife.

Johan Kotze admitted to torturing and mutilating Ina Bonnette in January last year.

He was also accused of murdering her 19-year-old son, Conrad, and orchestrating Bonnette's gang rape.

Kotze and his three co-accused were back in court at the North Gauteng High Court.

Johan Kotze's lawyer Piet Greyling asked the doctor who examined Kotze shortly after his arrest whether he seemed stressed or dissociated.

But Dr Louis Pienaar said Kotze knew where he was and even greeted the doctor by name.

Pienaar also told the North Gauteng High Court that he never observed any signs of depression or a stress disorder when he previously treated Kotze as a patient.

The state had one more witness to call before it rested its case.