Torture weapon used to free Bonette

2012-11-28 22:32
Ina Bonette (Picture: Sapa)

Ina Bonette (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - A tool used to torture a Modimolle woman was later used to free her, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday.

Vivienne van der Merwe testified that she went to the house of Johan Kotzé late on the afternoon of 3 January at the request of her husband Dirk.

He asked her to go and find out what was going on at Kotzé's house, after Kotzé told him in a phonecall that he was on his way out of town and that Van der Merwe would not see him again.

Kotzé had been renting the house in Modimolle from the Van der Merwes.

Vivienne van der Merwe found Marthinus Cloete at the house, but did not suspect anything was wrong until Cloete told her he had seen movement in one of the rooms.

Inside, she found Kotzé's wife Ina Bonette tied to the window and bed with cable-ties and a rope.

She had been gagged, her breasts were exposed and there were blood on her nipples and marks on both of her breasts.

Van der Merwe used a side-cutter on a table next to the bed to free Bonette, who told her three men had raped her.

Bonette earlier testified that Kotzé used the side-cutter to cut off one of her nipples and a small saw to remove her other nipple during a prolonged torture session.

Kotzé had directed his three co-accused to rape her.

Bonette told the court she listened to her son Conrad pleading for his life before Kotzé allegedly shot him to death.

Van der Merwe testified that she ran out of the house, phoned her husband and asked him to call the police as something terrible had happened.

In the meantime, Bonette and Cloete had found the body of Bonette's son Conrad in another room.

Bonette told Van der Merwe her son had been shot and insisted that they get to the police as quickly as possible, because Kotzé was on his way to her parents.

Van der Merwe told the court of a confrontation with Kotzé during dinner the previous evening, when she had told him to sort out his problems with Bonette because his friends were tired of hearing about them.

She was not surprised to see Bonette's car at the house that afternoon, because Kotzé had told her they were getting together to reach an agreement.

On the run

Kotzé, Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlanhe and Frans Mphaka are accused of murdering Conrad Bonette and of kidnapping, repeatedly raping, assaulting and attempting to murder Ina Bonette.

Police cellphone expert Captain Francois Mller testified that Kotzé and Sithole phoned each other on numerous occasions between 20 December 2011 and 3 January this year.

Kotzé phoned Sithole 40 times between 20 December and 3 January, while Sithole phoned Kotzé eight times between Christmas Day and 3 January, and tried to phone him a further 36 times.

Sithole had also phoned Mohlane 10 times on 3 January and twice on 5 January.

Kotzé contacted Sithole for the first time shortly before0 05:00 on 3 January.

Sithole's cellphone records showed that he tried to get hold of Kotze 26 times between 16:00 that afternoon and 21:00 that night, but that Kotzé's phone had been switched off.

Kotzé also bombarded Bonette with phone calls and text messages between 1 November last year and 3 January this year, clocking up 154 calls and 184 text messages.

In the same period, Bonette phoned Kotzé 12 times and sent him 63 text messages.

Kotzé's records also showed that he had tried to phone Bonette on the night after her ordeal, while he was still on the run from the police.

The trial continues.

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