Psychiatrist: Kotzé not accountable

2013-04-19 14:34
Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - So-called "Modimolle monster" Johan Kotzé is not accountable for his actions, a clinical psychiatrist told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday.

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

Spannenberg was called by Kotzé’s defence counsel as a witness.

She said Kotzé had a narcissistic personality disorder and was obsessed with Bonnette. When he saw Bonnette with another man on New Year's Eve 2011 it caused trauma, which led to stress disorder.

He became dissociated when, during an argument on 3 January 2012, Bonnette put a vibrator on the table of his Modimolle house and told Kotzé to use it on his next wife.

Spannenberg read her report on Kotzé into the court record. She first assessed Kotzé in October 2012 at the Pretoria Maximum Prison. The interview lasted four hours.

"There was a sense of urgency on his side to convey his life story to me."

‘He was very frustrated’

She told the court the parts of the attack Kotzé said he forgot were consistent throughout her assessments.

"He was very frustrated about aspects of the incidents he could not remember."
Spannenberg told the court he could not relate to the fact that Conrad Bonnette was dead.

"I cannot kill Conrad," she quoted Kotzé saying.

She said he never referred to Conrad's death in the past tense.

"I would never be able to kill Conrad. I cannot shoot Conrad."

She said this was consistent in every interview.

Kotzé is accused of orchestrating the gang-rape of his former wife and murdering his stepson Conrad, 19, in his rented home in Modimolle on 3 January 2012.

Bonnette was still married to Kotzé, but she lived in her own flat at the time.

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