Kotze could not afford extended trial: defence

By Drum Digital
29 April 2013

The man dubbed the "Modimolle monster" will not be able to afford the lawyers of his choice if proceedings are extended, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.

"Accused one will be in a position where he becomes [financially] drained," Piet Greyling, for Johan Kotze, told the court.

Greyling was arguing in opposition to an application by the State to reopen its case.

He also argued the State made an informed decision when it failed to call clinical psychologist Dirk Coetzee, who assessed Kotze at Weskoppies psychiatric hospital in Pretoria, before closing its case.

On Wednesday, prosecutor Retha Meintjes indicated the State wanted to reopen its case to present evidence related to the Kotze's criminal accountability.

The application came after the testimony of clinical psychologist Tertia Spangenberg, called by the defence.

She said she did not consider Kotze accountable for his actions because he dissociated during the attack, and due to a number of conditions including a narcissistic personality disorder and major depression.

Judge Bert Bam said consideration on the State's application would stand down until Tuesday morning.

The next witness called to testify was Kotze's co-accused Andries Sithole.

Kotze is accused of mutilating and orchestrating the gang-rape of his then wife Ina Bonnette and murdering his stepson Conrad, 19, in his rented home in Modimolle on January 3, 2012. At the time Bonnette was still married to Kotze, but lived in her own flat.

Kotze's co-accused, Sithole, Pieta Mohlane, and Frans Mphaka are accused of kidnapping, assaulting, repeatedly raping, and attempting to murder Bonnette that day.

-Sapa

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