Verdict would serve as a warning’

2013-07-16 00:00

AFTER yesterday’s verdict in the Pretoria high court, friends told Ina Bonnette: “You are allowed to cry Ina Bonnette. You are allowed to cry.”

She did not want to comment on the judgment.

Responding to a question, she did, however, answer in a hesitant voice that she felt “OK, thanks”.

Johan Kotzé, dubbed the Modimolle monster, did not look surprised at the verdict. He sat listening to the judge without any expression.

A small group of people who came to support Kotzé sat behind him in the public gallery, but it was not known whether they were friends or family, as they did not want to talk to the media.

Medupi Simasiku, a spokesperson for the National Prosecutions Authority, said the prosecution was happy with the

verdict.

“We hope it will bring a degree of closure for the Bonnette family,” he said.

Simasiku said the trial had received publicity across the world, which had to be traumatic for the family.

He said serious violent crime in a family context was a big problem in South Africa and expressed the hope that the verdict would serve as a warning and a lesson.

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