Kotzé trial on hold for a day

2013-07-04 10:51
Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - The trial of the so-called "Modimolle Monster" Johan Kotzé and his three co-accused was postponed in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Judge Bert Bam postponed the matter to Friday at 08:30 because the next witness would only be available then.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi was due to be called to testify on Friday by the defence for two of Kotzé's co-accused.

On Wednesday, clinical psychologist Cobus Coetzee told the court he did not agree that Kotzé was in a dissociative state when he attacked his then wife and her son.

Coetzee said he did not agree with defence psychologist Tertia Spangenberg that Kotzé could not be held accountable for his actions because he was in a non-pathological dissociative state at the time.

Kotzé, Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlake, and Sello Mphaka have pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, assaulting, raping, and attempting to murder Kotzé's ex-wife Ina Bonnette, and murdering her 19-year-old son Conrad in Kotzé's home in Modimolle on 3 January 2012.

The State alleges that Kotzé orchestrated the revenge attack on Bonnette and her son.

Coetzee testified that Kotzé did not suffer from any pathological conditions.

He said Kotzé might possibly have narcissistic traits, but did not suffer from a narcissistic personality disorder. Coetzee could find no proof of major depression at the time of the crimes.

- SAPA
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