Kotzé can't afford lawyers much longer

2013-04-29 12:02
Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

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

"Accused one will be in a position where he becomes [financially] drained," Piet Greyling, for Johan Kotzé, 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 Kotzé 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 Kotzé’s criminal accountability.

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

She said she did not consider Kotzé 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 Kotzé’s co-accused Andries Sithole.

Kotzé 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 3 January 2012. At the time Bonnette was still married to Kotzé, but lived in her own flat.

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