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I never meant to hurt her - Kotze

The man dubbed the Modimolle Monster described how he tortured and mutilated his estranged wife.

Johan Kotze told the court he attacked his estranged wife because she cheated on him. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

PRETORIA - The man dubbed the 'Modimolle monster' broke down on the stand in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday while he described how he never meant to hurt his estranged wife.

Johan Kotze admitted to torturing and mutilating Ina Bonnette in January 2012.

He was also accused of murdering her 19-year old son, Conrad Bonnette.

He told the court he was certain he did not kill Conrad, despite saying he remembered holding a gun and a shot going off.

Kotze also recalled Conrad saying, "Please, uncle, don't."

He described how he used a needle and pliers to torture and mutilate Ina, but he said he never meant to hurt her.

Ina shook her head in disagreement and wept when Kotze blamed the alleged gang rape of his wife solely on his co-accused, saying he begged them not to hurt her.

This was in contrast to Ina's testimony that he ordered the men to do so.

Kotze also said he was overcome by fury when he attacked Bonnette.

A tearful Kotze read out an alleged suicide letter he wrote after he claimed he saw his estranged wife with another man on New Year's Eve.

He told the court he went to a dancehall where he knew she was celebrating and saw her and the man caressing one another.

He said he felt powerless and very upset.

Kotze then went to her house where he waited for the couple to arrive and again saw them together.

He said he was unable to sleep and that it was the worst night of his life.

Bonnette, who was sitting in the back of the public gallery, looked shocked at the revelation.

In the letter, Kotze said that Bonnette destroyed him and that he caught her cheating.

He wrote, "I'm done, done, done."

Three other men, who were allegedly hired by Kotze, are behind bars for their part in the crime.

Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlanhe and Frans Mphaka are accused of murdering Conrad Bonnette and of kidnapping, repeatedly raping, assaulting and attempting to murder Ina Bonnette.