Kotze wants 15 years...and no more
Johan Kotze appealed to the High Court to sentence him to a maximum of 15 years behind bars.
PRETORIA - Johan Kotze, the man dubbed the 'Modimolle Monster' on Tuesday asked the North Gauteng High Court to sentence him to a maximum of 15 years behind bars before the matter was postponed to Wednesday.
Kotze has already been found guilty of orchestrating his estranged wife, Ina Bonnette's gang-rape and murdering her son Conrad.
His co-accused, Andries Sithole, Sello Phaka and Pieta Mohlake were also convicted on various charges.
But Sithole was the only co-accused found guilty of murdering Bonnette's son.
Kotze's lawyer Piet Greyling told the court that his client lost everything and has already been punished for his actions.
Greyling has appealed to Judge Bert Bam to be lenient.
He said Kotze was angry at his estranged wife at the time and took it out on her son.
Greyling has argued that Kotze felt severely rejected when he saw Bonnette with another man and wanted to commit suicide.
He said Kotze did cooperate with authorities and handed himself over to the police.
But it's been reported he was on the run for more than a week before being captured by the police.
Kotze's clinical psychologist had testified that he suffered from a narcissistic personality disorder and wanted revenge after seeing Bonnette with another man.
But the state's expert found that Kotze can indeed be held responsible for his crime.
Kotze's clinical psychologist testified that he was not of sound mind when he orchestrated the attack on his wife.
Greyling also told the court his client was temporarily dissociated at the time of the attack.
The crimes took place in Limpopo in January 2012.
Refusing to comment in full, Bonnette simply said, "I'm overwhelmed, but feel good."