Psychiatrist:: Fugitive could act again

2012-01-07 00:00

JOHAN Kotze clearly has a juvenile ego, forensic psychiatrist Dr Micki Pistorious believes.

Kotze is on the run after he allegedly shot dead his stepson and forced three men to rape a woman he had tied up on Tuesday.

Pistorious, who is also a criminologist and for years headed the police’s investigative psychological unit, said Kotze could act with similar cruelty again.

It has also emerged that in 1993, Kotze was implicated in the shooting death of a 64-year-old woman, Bet Botha, in Prieska, Northern Cape. The case was later withdrawn.

Pistorius said that previous incidents of violence are a “strong indicator of future violence”.

A friend of Kotze’s told this week how he saw him hit a woman friend with a paddle during a recent rafting excursion.

Kotze and the woman went with Dirk van der Merwe, who owns the house in Modimolle where this week’s attack took place, on a white water rafting outing near Hazyview.

“He said the woman wasn’t paddling right. He got so angry that he hit her in the side with his paddle,” said Van der Merwe. “That opened my eyes as to what sort of person he is.”

Pistorious said there were always signs if someone was violent. “There’s always something that says: run, get away.”

She said the fact that he apparently went to a hotel on New Year’s eve to spy on his victim who was having dinner there, indicated his juvenile ego. “He is clearly an extremely dangerous person,” she said.

Last year, a protection order was taken out against Kotze.

He apparently told friends that when he was finished with a woman, she would either commit suicide or need psychological treatment. A former lover, Sarita Venter of Bloemfontein, did indeed kill herself in 2010.

Van der Merwe said yesterday Kotze phoned him on Wednesday.

“I asked him: where are you?” Kotze said he was in Pretoria. “I didn’t believe him, and tackled him about what he had done. He said he tried to commit suicide but did not succeed,” Van der Merwe said.

Van der Merwe said Kotze had said more than once that he had “already shot a black dead”.

“We are worried because we don’t know what is going on in his head. We are scared that he will come back here. He is a master manipulator,” said Van der Merwe.

Kotze is driving a Toyota Fortuner, DCS 392 FS.

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