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'Modimolle Monster' can't appeal

Johan Kotze and his three co-accused were denied leave to appeal in the North Gauteng High Court.

Johan Kotze and three of his co-accused have been denied leave to appeal their convictions. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The North Gauteng High Court on Friday denied convicted killer Johan Kotze and three co-accused leave to appeal.

The man dubbed the 'Modimolle Monster' was handed two life sentences in July for the gang-rape of his estranged wife Ina Bonnette.

He was also found guilty of murdering Bonnette's teenage son Conrad in January 2012.

Kotze was sentenced to an additional 25 years in prison, while his two co-accused were handed an extra 18 years behind bars for kidnapping and seriously assaulting Bonnette.

Dismissing the applications, Judge Bert Bam said there was no prospect of success on appeal.

After finding the men guilty in July, Bam described Bonnette's gang-rape as "gruesome, shocking and merciless".

He said it was the most humiliating crime that a woman could experience.

The judge said he couldn't find a reason to give Kotze anything less than life in prison.