'Modimolle Monster' trial back on

2013-04-17 07:52
Johan Kotze (File, Sapa)

Johan Kotze (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The trial of the man dubbed the "Modimolle Monster" continues in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Johan Kotze is accused of orchestrating the gang rape of his former wife Ina Bonette, and murdering his stepson Conrad, 19, in his rented home in Modimolle, Limpopo, on 3 January 2012.

Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane, and Frans Mphaka are also accused of kidnapping, assaulting, repeatedly raping, and attempting to murder Ina Bonnette that day.

Kotze tearfully told the court on Tuesday he never intended hurting his ex-wife. "I did not want to hurt her," he said.

Kotze told the court he found his three co-accused attacking Bonnette in a room in his house.

"I tried to get her out of this thing and I tried to protect her."

He said he tried to fight them off, but occasionally left the room.

Bonnette, who attended proceedings, shook her head and at times laughed at the testimony.

Bonnette previously testified Kotze tortured her with various objects before instructing the other three men to rape her.

She told the court she listened to her son pleading for his life before he was shot in the head and heart.

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