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Court hears of Kotzé's stepson's wounds

2012-11-26 19:43

Pretoria - The stepson of alleged "Modimolle Monster" Johan Kotzé had died of fatal gunshot wounds to his head and chest, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.

Bela-Bela pathologist Dr Camillus Molulu, who performed an autopsy on the 19-year-old Conrad Bonette, testified that Bonette had a bullet wound in his one knee and wounds in his head and chest.

The shot in his head had entered on his right upper lip, went through his brain and lodged in the upper left part of his skull, from where shrapnel was removed and handed over to the police.

The chest wound had entered on his right breast, went through his lungs and heart and lodged in the muscles of his left shoulder.

Molulu said both wounds were fatal.

The head wound would have caused Bonette's instant death and the wound in his chest would have resulted in his death within minutes.

Both bullets had been fired from further than 60cm, as no gunshot residue could be found around the wounds.

The two fatal wounds had both been fired from a lower level with an upwards tract, while the shot in the knee had been fired from above, with a lower exit wound.

Kotze, Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane and Frans Mphaka are accused of murdering Conrad Bonette and kidnapping, repeatedly raping, assaulting and attempting to murder Kotzé's former wife Ina Bonette.

Bonette last week testified that Kotzé had sawn off both of her nipples during a prolonged torture session, after which the other three accused had taken turns to rape her.

She could hear her son begging Kotzé for his life before she heard three shots.

DNA expert Lieutenant Colonel Carin Botha testified that no semen or DNA could be found on any samples taken from Bonette.

Botha testified that there were several possibilities why semen could not be found on the victim or any of the other exhibits, including the victim urinating, the alleged rapist using a condom or no sex taking place.

The period between the incident and the samples being collected could also have played a role in why no semen could be found.

Kotzé's three alleged accomplices all claimed they had simulated sex with Bonette because they were afraid Kotze was going to kill them, but had not raped her because they could not get erections.

The trial continues.

Comments
  • kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-26 20:09

    Just thinking here. Maybe the first shot from "the higher level" was the first shot through the knee. He ended up on his back and the other two following shots was then shot from the person standing, shooting down from the direction of the feet of the person lying on his back, not from a lower level.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-11-26 21:02

      Had the same thought, and had the forensics been done properly they would have looked at the blood splatter which would have confirmed this. Alternatively they should have looked for the exit wound from the knee and the track of the bullet.

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-11-26 20:21

    So the gun just went off. Not once but three time. And all three hit the target. Hardly an accident. It was murder. And it was intentional.

  • delish7564 - 2012-11-26 20:22

    "The wound in his chest would have resulted in his death within minutes", but I can't even begin to imagine what pain this young man could have endured before he died! The callousness of this is just beyond belief, both the brutality dished out to Ina Bonette and the murder of her son. As the mother of a son almost the same age, I can't even begin to imagine the horror of hearing your son begging for his life, his final moments on this earth and not being able to help him. No parent should have to go through this, it is just too heartbreaking for words :( I hope these men rot in Hell.......hopefully someone somewhere will do the same to them, that would be Justice, not that it will bring back this poor boy!! I don't know how you would ever recover from this, especially given that the torture was performed by a man who supposedly loved her. This is not love, nor even a crime of passion, this is just one sick and twisted individual and there is NO justification for his behaviour!!!!!

  • Darius Olivier - 2012-11-26 20:24

    Ja eerste skoot was tien teen een in die linker knie wat die seun laat sak het teen n skuis helling wat die skoot deur sy regter bors skuins deur an Dan deur sy hart die laaste skoot was toe die seun Le en van bo geskiet is asof die persoon wou seker maak hy is dood

  • veldt66 - 2012-11-26 20:32

    The other guys are being framed, its clear.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-26 21:14

      Really, by whom? Are you going to blame the victim?

      Mazwi Biyase - 2012-11-26 21:55

      if they were framed what purpose will that achieve?

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-27 09:52

      They were there weren't they - They did NOTHING to stop the terror - They are therefore just as GUILTY!!!!!!

      peter.walters.1238 - 2012-11-27 10:36

      Bull. 3 of them could have blixemed Kotze, easy as that. They wanted to gain something from the crime.

      toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-11-29 08:51

      That is an incredibly ignorant comment, why not stop Kotze? 3 vs one? and why didn't they go straight to the police? they are as guilty as he is, not only for the rape but also for allowing it to happen and doing nothing about it, during and after the incident! they are all just sick sick people!

  • neddy.geoghegan - 2012-11-26 21:08

    This Johan Kotze character is an absolute monster! The death penalty should be implemented for people like him!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-26 21:16

      Neddy, you are right, but it will not. Politics rules and we wont be seeing the death penalty again.

      gareth.coats - 2012-11-27 12:41

      I disagree. I would ask, if I were the victim, that he be made to live as long as is possible through science and medicine, with ZERO possibility for parole. He must endure prison life for 150 years with his thoughts and demons clawing at his sanity and soul until there is nothing left of him. Slow, painful, tormenting, demeaning. And on his last breath, he is shown a picture of his victims - to take to the grave!

  • John Badenhorst - 2012-11-26 21:09

    Kotze stated under oath that he stumbled and the gun went off....3 times??? wow, the man is as unstable on his feet as his mind....

      delish7564 - 2012-11-26 21:24

      Yup exactly. Once can be accidental, but 3 times especially given where Conrad was shot? That aint no accident...who does he think he's fooling????

  • Mazwi Biyase - 2012-11-26 21:22

    can i please kill this guy myself because it seems like he will get away with this horrifying action. Did he hate the stepson that much?

      rita.a.wessels - 2012-11-26 21:41

      The moster knew that by killing Ina's son, he will make sure that her heart is torn apart badly (I am actually afrikaans, so I might put things wrong way around, sorry). I know what it feels like to lose a child, and believe me my life will never be the same again!! He is a MONSTER!! How can Mr Bantjies still defend this man!!

      Mazwi Biyase - 2012-11-26 21:51

      Kotze is not human no monster like this should be alive. i think that is way painful then death itself. living with a fact that your son died because of your relationships you make

  • gerda.vanrooyen.39 - 2012-11-26 21:37

    I get SO angry when I see this monster's face!!! May you be locked up forever!!!

  • Afrika Ayanda - 2012-11-26 21:41

    welcome to mzansi africa

  • arlene.daly.3 - 2012-11-27 07:47

    how does this man sleep? What a disgrace for any country to have to deal with monsters like him.. death is a easy way out he need to pay back...

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2012-11-27 10:56

    This man does not deserve to live and nor do his accomplishes. this is sick. He needs to feel the same pain as those he hurt. Luckily for him he will get judged by the law cause if i had a chance with him he would regret the day he was born You are a pig and don't deserve to live and when you go to prison i hope they rape you every day and cut off your nipples and other parts to make you feel the pain

  • toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-11-29 08:49

    Guns go off 3 times regularly as "accidents" - Please this man is a heartless murderer and doesn't deserve to see the light of day again, and his co-accused so suffer the same justice, as if they were so innocent why didn't they help her and her son! 3 of them vs one of him! they are all guilty!

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