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Kotze hits out at prosecutors

The ‘Modimolle monster’ says state prosecutors are trying to intimidate him

Johan Kotze. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - The man dubbed the 'Modimolle monster' on Thursday accused prosecutors of trying to intimidate him.

Johan Kotze admitted to torturing and mutilating his estranged wife Ina Bonnette in January 2012, but denied murdering her 19-year old son Conrad.

He also denied ordering three of his workers to gang-rape his estranged wife.

Kotze was cross-examined by the state in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

He told the court that state prosecutors tried to "silence" its first witness Marthinus Cloete, a friend of Conrad Bonnette, who went with his step-son to Kotze's house on the day of the attack.

Cloete testified that Kotze sent him to the garage to fetch something, while Conrad went into the house where he was then shot.

Kotze insisted Cloete knew much more than he let on, but did not elaborate, saying his answers were vague and confusing.

Cloete either denied details of what happened when Ina Bonnette was attacked or claimed he simply could not remember, Kotze added.