State's application in Kotzé case delayed

2013-04-30 10:47
Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - The judge in the trial of so-called "Modimolle monster" Johan Kotzé said on Tuesday he will decide later whether to allow the State to reopen its case.

Judge Bert Bam said in the North Gauteng High Court that he would consider the matter only after the cross-examination Andries Sithole, one of Kotzé's co-accused.

On Wednesday, prosecutor Retha Meintjes indicated that the State wanted to reopen its case to present evidence about Kotzé's criminal accountability in rebuttal of testimony by defence witness Tertia Spangenberg, a clinical psychologist.

She had testified that she did not consider Kotzé accountable for his actions. He dissociated during the attack, and suffered from a number of conditions including narcissistic personality disorder and major depression, she told the court.

The defence has opposed the application. On Monday, Kotzé's counsel Piet Greyling submitted that Kotzé would be financially drained if the court proceedings were extended.

He contended that the State had made an informed decision when it failed to call clinical psychologist Dirk Coetzee, who assessed Kotzé at Weskoppies psychiatric hospital, in Pretoria, before closing its case.

Kotzé is accused of mutilating and orchestrating the gang-rape of his ex-wife Ina Bonnette, and of murdering his stepson Conrad, 19, in his rented home in Modimolle on 3 January 2012. At the time Bonnette was married to Kotzé, but lived in her own flat.

Kotzé's co-accused, Sithole, Pieta Mohlane, and Frans Mphaka are accused of kidnapping, assaulting, repeatedly raping, and attempting to murder Bonnette.


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