'Kotzé could have changed testimony'

2013-04-24 14:55
Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - Johan Kotzé, the so-called "Modimolle monster", could have altered his testimony concerning his finances, the North Gauteng High Court heard on Wednesday.

Clinical psychologist Tertia Spangenberg said during cross-examination it would be difficult for a narcissist, which she believed Kotzé was, to discuss financial problems.

She said he would want to keep up his social standing and the way he was perceived.
Francois van As, for two of Kotzé’s co-accused, asked her if this would have influenced his testimony on his finances.

"It would have influenced his testimony," she said.

At which point Judge Bert Bam asked whether the rest of his testimony could also have been influenced.
Spangenberg said it would not necessarily affect the rest of his testimony.

‘Still a narcissist’

She said Kotzé’s narcissism crumbled when he lost face in public after being accused of murder and assault.

Van As asked whether this meant Kotzé was no longer a narcissist.

Spangenberg answered: "No that is not what I meant. He still is one."

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

Kotzé’s co-accused, Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane, and Frans Mphaka are accused of kidnapping, assaulting, repeatedly raping, and attempting to murder Bonnette that day.

On Tuesday and throughout Wednesday morning Spangenberg was cross-examined on differences between her report on Kotzé and that of another clinical psychologist.

Kotzé obsessed with Bonnette - Spangenberg

Spangenberg, who was called by Kotzé’s defence, found he was not accountable for his actions. She found Kotzé had a narcissistic personality disorder, major depression, and untreated and unresolved acute stress disorder, which resulted in a state of psychological dissociation during the attack.

She said individuals with his narcissistic disorder were noted for their egotistic self-involvement.

According to her findings, Kotzé was obsessed with Bonnette. When he saw her with another man on New Year's Eve 2011 it caused trauma, which led to stress disorder.

"I am of the opinion that Mr Kotzé was not accountable for the alleged actions of which he stands accused," she said last week.

In contrast, clinical psychologist Dirk Coetzee, who assessed Kotzé at Weskoppies psychiatric hospital in Pretoria, found he could be held criminally responsible for his actions.

His report was handed in as evidence on Tuesday afternoon.

"At the time of the commission of the offence the accused was criminally responsible for the offence charged, and was capable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act and could act in accordance with an appreciation of the wrongfulness of his act," Coetzee's report read.

Coetzee spent seven-and-a-half hours doing his assessment on Kotzé at Weskoppies. This was spread over five visits. He described Kotzé as co-operative and attentive during interviews.

"At the time of the incident he did not suffer from any clinical psychiatric disorder."

Coetzee said Kotzé showed traits of a compulsive personality. Some depressive symptoms were also noted.
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