Kotzé psychological report scrutinised

2013-04-22 13:04

Pretoria - A psychological report on the so-called "Modimolle monster" Johan Kotzé is subjective, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.

Clinical psychologist Tertia Spangenberg initially said the report was not subjective, as Kotzé did not know the criteria for dissociation, and had merely answered her questions.

However, Judge Bert Bam put it to her that the report was based on what Kotzé had told her. She agreed.

Kotzé is accused of orchestrating the gang-rape of his former wife Ina Bonnette and of murdering his stepson Conrad, 19, in his rented home in Modimolle on 3 January 2012. 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.

Not accountable

In her report, Spangenberg found Kotzé was not accountable for his actions.

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

"It is my opinion that the combination of Mr Kotzé's narcissistic personality disorder, superimposed on traumatic psychological injuries, combined with an unmanaged, long-standing, major depression and untreated and unresolved acute stress disorder, resulted in a state of psychological dissociation during his alleged criminal acts."

Bam asked her on Monday when this dissociation started and ended.

She said the dissociation would have started during an argument between Kotzé and Bonnette on 3 January.

Bonnette presented him with the couple's vibrator and told him to use it on his next wife.

However, Spangenberg could not say with certainty when it ended. She testified that Kotzé appeared to remain dissociated when he was in his car after the attack.

Diminished capacity

Bam put it to her that Kotzé testified he had known he had committed an offence when he left the house.

Spangenberg said Kotzé did not tell her this during their evaluation.

She earlier told the court Kotzé's case was the first she had done involving diminished capacity.

The defence for Kotzé's co-accused requested that it cross-examine Spangenberg after the State, as it needed a report on Kotzé which another psychologist compiled last year.


  • Machaba Emmanuel Masogo - 2013-04-22 13:11

    Can somebody lock up this psychopath already.

      Linda Horsfield - 2013-04-22 13:37

      I agree 100% - along with the psychologist who is trying to justify his actions! Maybe he will disassociate from her too - and then see how justifiable she finds this!!!

      Chrono Man - 2013-04-22 14:17

      narcissistic personality disorder + superimposed on traumatic psychological injuries + combined with an unmanaged, long-standing, major depression + untreated and unresolved acute stress disorder + a state of psychological dissociation = NUTS = lock him up and disassociate him and the key for ever.

      procold2 - 2013-04-22 16:16

      working with disurbed people has rubbed off the good doctor think she should be given the once over to see if she is still fit to practice there is no justification in kotze's action except that he is bombastic bully that went to far, the only cure for him is an injection of the lethal kind

  • Lilly Phogole - 2013-04-22 13:14

    incompetent psychologisty

      Louw Johan - 2013-04-22 14:27

      I think Tertia Spangenberg should go back to school because she is totaly off the track !!!

  • Eric Fana Moloi - 2013-04-22 13:18

    This 2 psychos have team up with lies(psychologist n psycopath)thy r nt only lying to the court,but to the whole world,lock thm up

  • Gift Mogiftana - 2013-04-22 13:43

    They can use all the fancy english they want to make it seem like this guy is not really a bad person but I don't buy it..I can only imagine the trauma Ina Bonnette went through in the hands of this lunatic, throw him in jail and lock away the key.Put him in the cell with all other criminals who suffer from narcissistic personality disorder so they can rape and kill each other in prison!!

  • Grace Andtruth - 2013-04-22 13:52

    I think the psychologist is disassociated with the reality of the situation and needs to be evaluated herself! How can the court allow her testimony and disregard the others reports?

  • Delly Adonisi - 2013-04-22 13:57

    I really don't understand where or how this psychiatrist got her findings with this man, she probably prescribe wrong medication to patients . He planned the murder of his step son, he assaulted and arranged the wife to be raped by those other co accused,attempted murder , why waste time and money . Every thing he did was planned , he knew what he was doing all along .

  • Delly Adonisi - 2013-04-22 14:06

    Am I reading this well is she a psychiatrist or a psychologist ? Or does she hold both qualifications ? However either way both her findings are disturbing. Everything he did this man was planned from the beginning . He knew vey well what he was doing, he even ran away from been caught by police afterwards.

      Deon Louw - 2013-04-22 14:47

      She is a Psychologist, News24 had it wrong the previous time.

  • Nurse Helenk - 2013-04-22 14:38

    Judge Bert Bam again? He is the one who relaxed the murder accused's bail conditions. I don't expect a reasonable judgement from Bertie.

      Louis - 2013-04-22 16:12

      ye and who is the lady judge who told the girl who was burnt in the "Satanist" trial that she cannot show the perpetrators her wounds because it would not be "proper". But we have to listen to all this criminals nonsense and sad stories and it is "proper"?

  • Morvan Vorster - 2013-04-22 14:39

    Hang or shoot the dirty coward and stop wasing money and time on him. Rather put the money that the courts would spend on him to better use by helping the homeless or a childrens program. The man shold be put down ASAP.

  • george.whiteside3 - 2013-04-22 14:55

    Effing Monster

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