Kotzé co-accused denies planning rape

2013-04-30 13:26
Johan Kotzé gister saam met sy medebeskuldiges in die hooggeregshof in Pretoria. Hulle is van links Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane en Frans Mphaka. Foto: Craig Nieuwenhuizen

Johan Kotzé gister saam met sy medebeskuldiges in die hooggeregshof in Pretoria. Hulle is van links Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane en Frans Mphaka. Foto: Craig Nieuwenhuizen

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Pretoria - So-called "Modimolle monster" Johan Kotzé’s co-accused Andries Sithole has denied helping to plan the rape of Ina Bonnette.

"That's not true," Sithole told the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, when Kotzé’s counsel Piet Greyling put it to him that he planned the rape, as Kotzé was in no condition to protect his now ex-wife.

Greyling had submitted to Sithole that his co-accused Pieta Mohlane and Frans Mphaka knew Kotzé was emotional and tired on 3 January 2012 the day Bonnette was attacked in his rental house in Modimolle.

"I wouldn't know [if he was tired]," Sithole said.

Denying lawyer’s submission

He also denied Greyling's submission that the three of them did their planning inside the house while Kotzé and Bonnette were outside talking.

Kotzé is accused of mutilating and orchestrating the gang-rape of Bonnette, and of murdering his stepson Conrad, 19. At the time Bonnette was married to Kotzé, but lived in her own flat.

Sithole, Mohlane, and Mphaka are accused of kidnapping, assaulting, repeatedly raping, and attempting to murder Bonnette.

Greyling said Kotzé would deny Sithole's contention that he used his belt to close the door of a wardrobe in which Mohlane and Mphaka were hiding, when Bonnette entered the room.

"I testified what happened in that room because I was inside that room when it happened," Sithole said.

Earlier, Judge Bert Bam said he would decide only after Sithole was cross-examined whether to allow the State to reopen its case.

On Wednesday, prosecutor Retha Meintjes indicated the State wanted to reopen its case to present evidence about Kotzé’s criminal accountability in rebuttal of testimony by defence witness Tertia Spangenberg, a clinical psychologist.

Kotzé faces financial hardship

She had testified that she did not consider Kotzé accountable for his actions. He dissociated during the attack, and suffered from a number of conditions including narcissistic personality disorder and major depression, she told the court.

The defence opposed the application.

On Monday, Greyling submitted Kotzé would be financially drained if the court proceedings were extended.

He contended the State had made an informed decision when it failed to call clinical psychologist Dirk Coetzee, who assessed Kotzé at Weskoppies psychiatric hospital, in Pretoria, before closing its case.
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