Bonnette a believable witness - judge

2013-07-15 14:07
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Pretoria - The so-called "Modimolle Monster" Johan Kotzé's ex-wife Ina Bonnette is a believable witness, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.

"It wouldn't have been strange if she was at times unsure of events," acting Judge Bert Bam said in his judgment.

Kotzé and all co-accused were found guilty on Monday of kidnapping and the gang rape of Ina Bonette.

Kotzé and co-accused Andries Sithole were found fuilty of the murder of Bonnette's son, Conrad.

Kotzé, Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane, and Sello Mphaka were on trial for allegedly murdering Kotzé's stepson Conrad Bonnette, 19, and kidnapping, repeatedly raping, and attempting to murder Ina Bonnette in Kotzé's Modimolle, Limpopo, home on 3 January 2012.

Kotzé has denied guilt, and has claimed he cannot be held accountable for his actions that day.

Sithole, Mohlane, and Mphaka claimed Kotzé threatened to shoot them if they did not co-operate.

Painful, traumatic

Bam said Bonnette was cross-examined by three experienced attorneys. He said this must have been traumatic and painful for her.

"She is just a human being. Any person makes mistakes," Bam said.

He said it was not uncommon for a witness, who was as emotional as Bonnette, to be unsure at times. He said she was not a perfect witness, and that it was not realistic to think such a person existed.

"There was a sound of truth [to her testimony]."

One of many examples of this was her testifying that, after the rape, she pleaded with her eyes for Kotzé's three co-accused to help her.

"It is unlikely that any witness would think of something like that," said Bam.


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