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'Modimolle Monster' to learn fate

Judgment against Johan Kotze and three co-accused is expected in the North Gauteng High Court.

Johan Kotze also known as the "Modimolle monster", is seen in the dock in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday, 21 November 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

PRETORIA- Judgment is expected today in the case against the man dubbed the 'Modimolle Monster' and his three co-accused.

Johan Kotze, Sello Phaka, Andries Sithole and Pieta Mohlake are alleged to have kidnapped, raped and attempted to murder Kotze's estranged wife Ina Bonnette in his rented Modimolle house on 3 January 2012.

Kotze is accused of orchestrating the men to gang-rape her.

He also stands accused of murdering Bonnette's 19-year-old son Conrad.

Judge Bert Bam has had to consider conflicting evidence of what really happened on that day.

At the heart of Kotze's closing argument was the assertion that he was not fully aware of what he was doing due to his mental state on the day of the attack.

His lawyer, Piet Greyling, has also 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.

Judge Bam has however questioned those statements, saying it would be quite bizarre to think Bonnette would have lied to her ex-husband about seeing a firearm.

While Kotze has admitted to torturing and mutilating Bonnette, he has denied murdering her son and ordering the rape.

It is expected to be a lengthy judgment in the North Gauteng High Court .


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