Modimolle co-accused HIV+, court hears

2013-07-11 16:05
Johan Kotze (Picture: Sapa)

Johan Kotze (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - Johan Kotzé and his co-accused should be found guilty of attempted murder, after it was revealed that one of the co-accused was HIV positive, the State said in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Kotzé, Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlake, and Sello Mphaka have pleaded not guilty to 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.

According eNCA, the State argued the Kotzé hoped his wife would contract HIV, after being raped, and submitted that he and his co-accused should be jailed for murder.

The defence team said that Kotzé may have used the men “as tools to hurt his wife”.

Kotzé’s lawyers said about Bonette’s testimony: “You can't believe everything she says. She tells lies upon lies."

Rex Bonnette, Bonnette’s ex-husband took the stand on Wednesday.

He said that on the day he heard his son was killed, 3 Januray, his sister phoned him around 18:00 and said: "Kotzé shot a child."

According to Sapa, Rex had assumed it was one of Kotzé’s children.

"I was later phoned by Ina, who said there was an incident and Conrad didn't make it," Rex told the court.

He said he made sure his daughter was safe, and the next day he met Bonnette at the Modimolle police station.

A doctor examined her that day. They spoke about what had happened and more details about the attack came to light.

Rex said Bonnette told him Kotzé held three men at gunpoint and forced them to rape her.

"If they didn't rape her he would shoot them," he told the court.

During cross-examination Rex was told by a State prosecutor that Bonnette testified the weapon was aimed at her.

"She did mention that at a stage," Rex said. There were few questions for Rex and he finished his testimony.

The trial continues.

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