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Modimolle Monster denied leave to appeal

The NPA says the ruling sends a strong message during women's month.

Ina Bonnette's attackers, Johan Kotze and three of his co-accused were found guilty of raping and mutilating her. Sentencing was reserved. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted murderer Johan Kotze, also known as the Modimolle Monster, has been denied leave to appeal in the Constitutional Court.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says this decision sends a strong message during women's month.

This was Kotze's third attempt to overturn his murder conviction for killing his estranged wife Ina Bonnette's son in January 2012.

He was also convicted of orchestrating her gang rape and mutilating her in a cruel way.

In 2013 he and his three accomplices failed in the High Court in Pretoria to apply for leave to appeal and again a few months later in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

The NPA's Luvuyo Mfaka said, "We have always contended that there is no prospect for success so we welcome that type of decision and we welcome that the decision is delivered in the month of August which is women's month."

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

Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane and Sello Mphaka argued that they were coerced by Kotze to commit the crime.

But Bam ruled this out saying no firearm was found on the scene.