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Kotze lays blame on previous lawyer

Johan Kotze says his previous advocate acted without his instructions several times in 2012.

Johan Kotze appears in court. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The man dubbed the Modimolle Monster on Thursday blamed his previous lawyer for discrepancies in his version of what happened when he attacked his estranged wife in January 2011.

Johan Kotze admits to torturing and mutilating Ina Bonnette,but denies murdering her 19-year old son or ordering three of his workers to gang rape her.

He is currently being cross examined in the North Gauteng High Court.

Kotze's previous advocate in 2012 said his client would testify that he saw his three co-accused tie Bonnette up.

But Kotze now claims he never saw this and that the advocate acted without his instructions several times in 2012, resulting in discrepancies between arguments put before the court and Kotze's testimony on the stand.

He also continued to insist he could not remember important details about the day of the incident when questioned by the state.

Kotze insisted he tried to help Bonnette when his three co-accused allegedly attacked her, but could not explain why he did not untie her when they left.

On Wednesday, Kotze's daughter attended court proceedings and said it was difficult listening to his testimony.

Kotze's daughter started crying when his father finished his second day on the stand.

Meanwhile, the three men who are accused of raping Bonnette claim they were forced to take part in the crime as Kotze threatened to kill them.

However, they maintain the pretended to rape Bonette while she maintains it did happen.