Psychologist to testify in Kotzé case

2013-07-02 21:17
Johan Kotzé (Werner Beukes, Sapa

Johan Kotzé (Werner Beukes, Sapa

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Pretoria - The State concluded cross-examining an alleged rapist in the so-called "Modimolle monster" trial in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Sello Mphaka repeatedly denied looking on while Johan Kotzé tortured and mutilated his wife Ina Bonnette in January last year, before taking turns with the others to rape her.

Prosecutor Cornelia Harmzen put it to Mphaka that his life had never been in danger and that he was a willing participant.

"You stood and looked on how her nipples were removed and you did nothing to help the woman," she said.

Mphaka admitted being the second person to get on top of Bonnette, but was vague about his reasons.

"Pieta [Mohlake] and I looked at each other. We were scared and Kotzé was shouting 'come on'.

"We had an argument. I told him [Mohlake] to go first and he said I should go. Because we were scared and because I did not want to anger Kotzé any further, I decided to have a go," he said.

Kotzé, Mohlake, Mphaka, and Andries Sithole, are on trial for allegedly murdering Bonnette's 19-year-old son Conrad and kidnapping, assaulting, repeatedly raping and attempting to murder Bonnette in Kotzé's Modimolle home on 3 January 2012.

The State would present new psychological evidence about Kotzé's mental state on Wednesday.

Clinical psychologist Cobus Coetzee was expected to testify about his findings that Kotzé could be held criminally responsible for allegedly attacking Bonnette and killing her son.

Kotzé claimed he could not be held accountable for his actions.

Co-accused threatened

His three co-accused testified he threatened them with a firearm and forced them to get on top of his wife.

They said they did not rape Bonnette because they could not get erections.

The State had already handed in Coetzee's report as evidence, but would call him to the witness stand on Wednesday.

Coetzee observed Kotzé at the Weskoppies psychiatric hospital in Pretoria with two other psychiatrists for two months.

The other two found no psychiatric diagnoses could be made.

The State contended there were insufficient grounds for clinical psychologist Tertia Spangenberg's findings that Kotzé could not be held accountable for his alleged criminal actions because of non-pathological criminal incapacity.

Spangenberg testified earlier this year that Kotzé's narcissistic personality disorder, coupled with major depression and acute stress disorder, resulted in a state of dissociation during the crimes.

She said Kotzé's behaviour was so bizarre it proved he was not acting rationally.

Counsel for Mohlake and Mphaka, Francois van As, told the court he wanted to call two policemen and Conrad Bonnette's father Rex to testify about his clients' role in the crimes.

He said he first needed to issue subpoenas, because none of them appeared to be willing to testify.

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