'Modimolle Monster' caged for life

The North Gauteng High Court has sentenced Johan Kotze to life imprisonment.

The 'Modimolle monster' Johan Kotze. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

PRETORIA - The 'Modimolle Monster' Johan Kotze has been sentenced to life behind bars for orchestrating the gang-rape of his ex-wife Ina Bonnette and then murdering her son Conrad.

Kotze's three co-accused, Andries Sithole, Sello Phaka and Pieta Mohlane, also spend rest of their lives behind bars.

Judge Bert Bam handed down the sentence on Wednesday afternoon.

Kotze's full sentence was life for the murder of Conrad, life for the rape of Bonette and 25 years for kidnapping and assault.

Judge Bam said he could't find a reason to give Kotze anything less than a life sentence for the murder and rape charges.

"Rape is the most humiliating crime a woman could experience - if she survives. Ina Bonnette was helpless, the men showed no mercy."

He said he couldn't think of a more shocking or traumatic experience.

"What they did was gruesome. Kotze deserves a harsher sentence than his co-accused."

Meanwhile, an emotional Bonnette told media she was overwhelmed by the court's decision.

She says the pain will never go away.

The gruelling 18-month trial made international headlines and placed Bonnette face-to-face with Kotze.