Kotze psychiatric evaluation period extended

2012-06-13 14:19
Johannesburg - Johan Kotzé, accused of orchestrating an attack on his estranged wife, will be kept in the Weskoppies psychiatric hospital for an additional 30-day observation period, according to a report on Wednesday.

The Modimolle Magistrate's court ruled on Tuesday that Kotzé's observation period should be extended for another month, Beeld newspaper reported.

The ruling followed a request lodged by Dr SB Sokudela, a psychiatrist at the Weskoppies psychiatric hospital who has been evaluating Kotzé over the past month.

Sokudela told the court that Kotzé still needed to undergo a battery of tests.

Kotzé was admitted to Weskoppies in May, after being charged with the murder of his stepson Conrad, 19, and the aggravated assault and rape of his estranged wife Ina Bonnette, 42, in January.

Kotzé allegedly forced Andries Sithole, 42, Peter Mohlane, 23, and Frans Mphaka, 29, to attack and rape Bonnette.

The trial is scheduled to start on November 19 in the North Gauteng High Court.

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