Doctor: Kotzé was well orientated

2013-04-15 14:38
Johan Kotze (Picture: Sapa)

Johan Kotze (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - Alleged "Modimolle monster" Johan Kotzé was not disassociated on the day of his arrest, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.

"He was tired and dejected," Kotzé's doctor Louis Pienaar told the court.

"He knew who I was. I summed him up as well orientated."

Pienaar told the court how police asked him to examine Kotzé after his arrest on 11 January 2012. He said he had treated Kotzé twice before.

Kotzé's lawyer Piet Greyling questioned Pienaar on the possibility his client could have suffered from acute stress disorder.

Pienaar maintained Kotzé appeared well orientated. He said based on his appearance Kotzé did not suffer from anxiety or disassociation.

"I think it was a matter that he had reached the end of his [week on the run]."

Pienaar testified that no doctors wanted to examine Kotzé the day he was arrested. He said he was not on standby that day, but was called in.

"My secretary said no other doctor was prepared to look at him."

Pienaar testified about Kotzé's physical state when he arrived at his office.

"He was generally covered in dust. His clothes were also covered."

Bruises

There were scratch marks on his forearms and lower legs and bruising on his head. Kotzé also said he had muscle cramps, was thirsty, and had higher than normal blood pressure.

Pienaar said the scratches appeared not to be self-inflicted. They were most likely from the thorn bushes Kotzé said he was hiding in, he said.

Kotzé, Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane, and Frans Mphaka are accused of murdering Kotzé's 19-year-old stepson Conrad Bonnette at Kotze's house in Modimolle on 3 January.

They are also accused of kidnapping, assaulting, repeatedly raping, and attempting to murder Ina Bonnette earlier that day.

A plea of not guilty was noted on Kotzé's behalf after he refused to enter a plea, and claimed his accountability and ability to follow and contribute to court proceedings was in question.

His three co-accused all pleaded not guilty to the charges. They claimed Kotzé forced them to take part in the attack on Bonnette and said they had only pretended to rape her.

Bonnette testified Kotzé tortured her with various objects before instructing the other three to rape her.

She told the court she listened to her son pleading for his life before he was shot in the head and heart.

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