'Modimolle Monster' found guilty
Johan Kotze has been found guilty of gang-rape, murder and kidnapping.
PRETORIA - Johan Kotze and his three co-accused were found guilty of rape, kidnapping, robbery and assault with the intention to do bodily harm in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday afternoon.
Judge Bert Bam also found Kotze and one of the co-accused, Andries Sithole, guilty of murdering Conrad Bonnette, his estranged wife Ina Bonnette's son.
Sello Phaka and Pieta Mohlake were found not guilty of the same crime.
Refusing to comment in full, Ina Bonnette simply said, "I'm overwhelmed, but feel good."
The court has been adjourned until 8.30 on Tuesday morning when sentencing arguments will be made.
Kotze, dubbed the 'Modimolle Monster', and his co-accused have been the subjects of a dramatic trial in Pretoria which has seen a number of conflicting testimonies and arguments being made.
The court heard that Kotze could remember standing with a firearm in his hand and that he could recall his stepson begging him not to shoot him.
Despite admitting that much, Kotze maintained that he had not killed Conrad Bonnette.
He also denied instructing his three co-accused to gang-rape Ina Bonnette.
Kotze's clinical psychologist testified that he was not of sound mind when he orchestrated the attack on his wife.
The psychologist told the court Kotze had a narcissistic personality disorder and wanted revenge after seeing Bonnette with another man.
However, the state's expert found that Kotze was fully aware of his actions and could indeed be held accountable for his actions.
Kotze's lawyer, Piet Greyling, devoted a large amount of time convincing the court that Bonnette could not be trusted.
Greyling labelled her an "unreliable witness", claiming she lied to both the court and her ex-husband, Rex, about the assault.
He said Bonnette also lied about witnessing Kotze threatening his three co-accused with a firearm.
The judge questioned those statements, saying it would be bizarre to think Bonnette lied to her ex-husband about seeing a firearm.
The crimes took place in Limpopo in January 2012.
Kotze was on the run for more than a week before being captured by the police.