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Kotze: I knew I committed a crime

The so-called Modimolle Monster says he knew he had committed a crime against Ina Bonnette.

Johan Kotze. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The man dubbed the "Modimolle Monster" on Friday admitted he knew he had committed an offence against his ex-wife Ina Bonnette when he went on the run.

Johan Kotze confessed to mutilating and torturing Bonnette but denied killing her son Conrad or orchestrating her gang-rape by his three co-accused.

Kotze did an about-turn in the witness stand when he admitted he knew he had done something wrong to Bonnette when he fled the house where he assaulted her.

However, Kotze said he only realised he had committed an offence against Conrad Bonnette days later, when he heard on the news that the 19-year-old had been shot dead.

His defence argument is that he cannot be held accountable for his actions because he was overcome by emotion and therefore did not know what he was doing.

The defence is expected to call a psychiatrist who will support this argument.

Earlier this week, Kotze described to the North Gauteng High Court how he saw Bonnette with another man.

He said he felt powerless and very upset.

Kotze is accused of hiring a group of men to assault Bonnette in January 2012.

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

The men maintain they were forced to take part in the crime as Kotze allegedly threatened to kill them.