Kotzé can’t recall mutilating ex-wife

2013-04-18 16:22
Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - The so-called "Modimolle monster", Johan Kotzé, could not remember mutilating his ex-wife's breasts and genitals, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Thursday.

"Your Honour, these things happened..., but I can't remember what happened that day," he said.

Prosecutor Retha Meintjes described Ina Bonnette's injures to Kotzé. He either denied inflicting them or said he could not remember doing so.

Meintjes presented a side-cutter, a nail, and a knife to the court and told how Kotzé had cut off Bonnette's nipples and cut her genitals.

She put it to him that after cutting off parts of Bonnette's nipples, he pushed a nail into her wounds.

"I never used a nail... I never had a nail," Kotzé said.

He admitted to being enraged while Bonnette was tied to the bed in his rented Modimolle house on 3 January 2012.

"I know I walked around... I picked up the [side-cutter] and I was very angry."

He said he threatened her with it and only remembered seeing blood.

He did not realise he had hurt Bonnette until he saw blood. "Then, I stopped."

He said he had only an image of bleeding from one of Bonnette's breasts.

Meintjes asked him about a coagulant he had used on Bonnette.

"I wanted to help her," Kotzé said.

He said it was used to stop bleeding, but that on second thoughts he would not have used it.

Charges

Kotzé is accused of orchestrating the gang rape of Bonnette, and of murdering his stepson Conrad, 19.

His co-accused Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane, and Frans Mphaka are also charged with kidnapping, assaulting, repeatedly raping, and attempting to murder Bonnette that day.

Bonnette and Kotzé's daughter Jo-Marie Kotzé sat in the public gallery again on Thursday.

Meintjes asked Kotzé why he had not untied Bonnette.

"This was one of the things that bothered me... I can never think why I didn't untie her."

Meintjes asked him how he seemed to remember some events, but forget others that day.

Kotzé said his memory since New Year's Eve 2011 had been affected. He testified that he saw Bonnette cheating on him.

"This is a condition that is very serious for me," he said.

Meintjes also questioned Kotzé about the murder of Bonnette's son Conrad.

Kotzé maintained that Bonnette had wanted to phone Conrad and ask him to come over.

"There was nothing wrong between myself and Conrad. He trusted me," Kotzé said.

Kotzé disputed the testimony of Conrad's friend, who accompanied him to the house.

Hiding in the garage

Marthinus Cloete told the court that Kotzé instructed him to fetch a box or a crate in the garage while Conrad went inside to look for his mother.

"I think Cloete went to the garage to hide," Kotzé told the court.

He said the crate was just outside the house and nowhere near the garage.

He said Cloete had testified that he did not hear the confrontation inside the house.

"There is no way Mr Cloete did not hear those shots," Kotzé said.

He told the court he did not want to look at the pictures of Conrad's body. "It is too upsetting for me."

He told the court he remembered that Conrad had said: "No uncle, don't."

"Everything just happened. I just heard the shot."

Meintjes asked why, if he and Conrad had as good a relationship as Kotzé had testified to, he would have begged for his life when he saw Kotzé.

"If I think about it today, it must be because he saw the gun in my hand... He thought I would shoot him."

Meintjes put it to him that Conrad was shot three times: once in the head, once the chest, and once in the knee.

Kotzé said he had been surprised to learn Conrad had been shot three times, and maintained he did not aim at Conrad.

"I can't remember something like that at all.... There was no reason. I did not want to do it," he said.

He said he had heard only one shot. "I heard a shot. I got a terrible fright."

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