Kotzé case: Psychologist sticks to report

2013-04-22 22:44
Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - Nothing brought before the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria during so-called "Modimolle Monster" Johan Kotzé's trial has caused a clinical psychologist to doubt her report.

"There was nothing in this court case that made me doubt [my report]," Tertia Spangenberg told the court on Monday.

Prosecutor Retha Meintjes put it to her that Kotzé rationally planned the attack on his ex-wife Ina Bonnette.

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

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

In her report, Spangenberg found Kotzé was not accountable for his actions.

"I am of the opinion that Mr Kotzé was not accountable for the alleged actions of which he stands accused," she said.

"It is my opinion that the combination of Mr Kotzé's narcissistic personality disorder, superimposed on traumatic psychological injuries, combined with an unmanaged, long-standing, major depression and untreated and unresolved acute stress disorder, resulted in a state of psychological dissociation during his alleged criminal acts."

Spangenberg said on Monday people's actions in a dissociative state could appear to be rational.

Meintjes said Kotzé phoned his landlord prior to the attack and told him not to come home. He also phoned his daughter after the attack and told her a friend, not he, would pick her up.

"It is totally irrational to leave all the evidence [at the crime scene] and a living witness. He also left Conrad's friend there," Spangenberg said.

"If you look at this incident it is totally isolated from what he would normally do."

Meintjes asked whether his alleged actions during the attack - giving orders to his co-accused, and fetching different tools to hurt Bonnette -- would change her report.

Spangenberg said it would not. His behaviour was bewildered and irrational.

"I did a very thorough evaluation over a long period of time on Mr Kotzé. These findings are based on my professional opinion."

Earlier she admitted the report was subjective.

Spangenberg initially said the report was not subjective, as Kotzé did not know the criteria for dissociation, and had merely answered her questions.

However, Judge Bert Bam put it to her the report was based on what Kotzé had told her. She agreed.

Bam asked her when this dissociation started and ended. She said the dissociation would have started during an argument between Kotzé and Bonnette on 3 January.

Bonnette presented him with the couple's vibrator and told him to use it on his next wife.

However, Spangenberg could not say with certainty when it ended. She testified Kotzé appeared to remain dissociated when he was in his car after the attack.

Bam put it to her that Kotzé testified he had known he had committed an offence when he left the house.

Spangenberg said Kotzé did not tell her this during their evaluation. Kotzé's case was the first she had done involving diminished capacity.

The defence for Kotzé's co-accused asked to cross-examine Spangenberg after the State, as it needed a report on Kotzé which another psychologist compiled last year.

The trial was postponed to Tuesday morning 09:00.

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