‘Modimolle monster’ unlikely to plead guilty

2012-01-13 09:57

The “Modimolle monster”, Johan Kotze, is unlikely to plead guilty because he is “trying to soften his version of the story”, senior state prosecutor Renier van Rooyen has said.

Kotze, who faces 17 charges, appeared briefly at the Modimolle Magistrates Court this morning alongside one of the three men accused of the brutal rape of Kotze’s wife and murder of his stepson.

Kotze faces multiple rape charges, charges of murder, conspiracy to rape, kidnapping and assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The motive for the attack is still unknown.

The accused will remain in custody until February 10, pending further investigation and confirmation of legal aid applications.

A third suspect was nabbed shortly after the court appearance, Sapa reports. The fourth is still at large.

Kotze (50) was finally tracked down by the police on Wednesday after an eight-day man hunt while the second accused was also found and arrested on the same day near Hammanskraal, Gauteng.

Kotze had been hiding and living in a bush only a kilometre and a half from his house.

Van Rooyen dismissed reports that the three men were coerced by Kotze (50) to commit the crimes and that they are all being charged with “common purpose”.

“There seems to have been some kind of existing relationship between the men and from the complainant’s statement it is clear that they were all willing participants and no none was forced to rape anybody,” he said.

He added that during the rape, objects were used. The case would likely be moved to the high court.

There was a heavy police presence outside the court where members of the community, the ANC Women’s League and the ANC Youth League demonstrated and attempted to force their way into the court.

The funeral of the murdered stepson was underway at the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk in Bela Bela.

Dinda Motsegoa of the women’s league said: “Everything bad that happens comes from Modimolle. We are sick and tired of this, the crime and murder rate is too high here. Blacks and whites need to come together and push this thing out.”

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