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State doubts psychologist's testimony on Kotze

The state is not convinced by a psychologist’s testimony on the ‘Modimolle Monster’.

The state is not convinced by a psychologist’s testimony on the ‘Modimolle Monster’. Picture: Sapa.

PRETORIA - The state once again questioned the report of a clinical psychologist on Tuesday who maintained the actions of Johan Kotze were irrational.

Kotze, dubbed the 'Modimolle Monster', admitted to mutilating and torturing his estranged wife Ina Bonnette in January last year.

However, he said he had nothing to do with Bonnette's gang rape by three men and did not murder his stepson, Conrad.

The state argued that giving orders to his co-accused, walking to a closet to collect the tools to mutilate Bonnette, pulling a trigger multiple times and reloading a gun were all indications that Kotze was acting rationally on the day of the attack.

But Dr Tertia Spangenberg, who testified at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria where the case is heard, maintained a person who was in a dissociative state could appear to act logically.

She said the fact that Kotze left evidence and a living witness behind when he fled was indicative of a person who was not thinking rationally.

Kotze himself testified that he realised he had done something wrong as soon as he drove away from the scene.