Marietie Louw-Carstens

2012-01-14 00:00

MODIMOLLE — The three men whom Johan Kotzé allegedly forced at gunpoint to gang-rape his estranged wife, reportedly stopped in Bela-Bela (Warmbaths) to buy stockings to cover their faces.

Kotzé reportedly told police on Wednesday he had given the three men money for the taxi fares to get from Hammanskraal to Bela-Bela.

Kotzé (50) said he had planned a previous attack on Ina (Kotzé) Bonnette, but did not go through with it.

Kotzé told the investigators that he remembers only one shot hitting his stepson Conrad Bonnette (19) and that he “did not think he shot him dead”.

The postmortem however shows that Conrad was shot three times — in the leg, chest and in the back of his head.

Kotzé yesterday sat without expression on the accused bench in the magistrate’s court.

His hair was dishevelled and he wore a khaki shirt and denim pants. During the short hearing he rubbed his eyes and stubble beard several times.

Outside the building he showed no reaction when photographers swarmed him.

His co-accused, a 42-year-old man who may not be identified or shown before he has appeared in an identity parade, used the jacket of a blue overall to cover his face. During the court proceedings he occasionally glanced from underneath his cover.

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