What made this man snap?

2012-11-24 18:02

Ex-wife reveals details of ‘jealous’ Kotzé’s alleged torture

The Pretoria High Court heard harrowing details this week of Johan Kotzé’s January 3 attack on his estranged wife.

Ina Bonnette (42) told the court how Kotzé lured her to the rented house where he was living in Church Street, Modimolle, and then allegedly tortured her using various instruments.

Kotzé and his co-accused – Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane and Frans Mphaka – face seven charges.

Kotzé allegedly “pinched and cut” Bonnette’s genitals and mutilated her breasts before Sithole, Mohlane and Mphaka allegedly took turns raping her.

Bonnette’s son from a previous marriage, Conrad (19), was then shot dead in the house with a .22 rifle, allegedly by Kotzé.

Bonnette first told the court about her brief marriage to Kotzé. The pair married in October 2010 and divorced this year.

This week she was cross-examined by Kotzé’s advocate, Bernard Bantjes.

He put it to Bonnette that Kotzé had been under tremendous pressure because he was struggling to sell his farm near Bloemfontein so he could move to join her in Modimolle.

Several possible transactions to sell the farm fell through and Kotzé couldn’t do any planting to make an income from the land, Bantjes told the court this week.

Bonnette replied: “It had an effect on him, but he always reassured me and told me not to worry.”

Kotzé’s farm was mentioned in a letter from him that the police found in his rented house on January 3.

Bantjes said Kotzé would testify that it was the last straw for him when, outside Bonnette’s house on New Year’s Eve last year, he saw a man with a red Volvo expose her breasts and fondle them.

Kotzé was about 3 metres away from them at the time, Bantjes told the court.

Bonnette denied in court that this had happened.

She did testify that she and the man, Buddy Badenhorst, one of her clients, had cuddled at a New Year’s Eve party.

Kotzé says he wrote the letter that evening. In it he said: “Ina has ruined my life.

I even sold my farm for her. Ask all my friends in Brandfort . . . Ask them how Ina treated me – ruined my life.

Lies, lies and more lies.

She cheated on me with Nico de Villiers and the man with the red Volvo, CBS 139 L. I caught her myself.

“I’ve reached the end of the line, the end, the end. Ask my minister, Hennie Viljoen.”

Bonnette, in return, testified this week about the pair’s tumultuous relationship. She told the court she left Kotzé for the first time in March last year.

After that they tried to reconcile and she moved in with him again. She left for the last time in July last year, Bonnette testified.

She testified that before she left for the last time, she once punched Kotzé on his jaw after he spoke to her daughter, Angelique, like he spoke to his “farm boys” in Bloemfontein.

She then poked holes in their wedding photo in the lounge with her car keys, she revealed in court.

The trial resumes tomorrow.

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