Kotze to be sent for evaluation

2012-05-11 14:54

Modimolle - Johan Kotze, accused of orchestrating the gang rape of his estranged wife and killing her son, will be sent for mental evaluation, the Modimolle Magistrate's Court ruled on Friday.

"Kotze meets the requirements in terms of the law and should be admitted to Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital for evaluation," Magistrate Hannes Stoffberg said.

"Steps should be taken, as soon as possible, to book a bed for Kotze. [He] will stay in custody until a bed is available, then he will be transferred from the Pretoria Central Prison for evaluation."

Stoffberg transferred the trial to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria where it would run from November 19 to 30.

Kotze's defence argued he be sent for evaluation, saying the crimes committed were not the "normal run-of-the-mill" ones.

Kotze, 50, Andries Sithole, Peter Mohlako, and Sello Frans Mphaka are accused of torturing and raping Kotze's estranged wife Ina Bonette in January this year. Friday was the first time the four appeared in court together.

Kotze hired the three men to work in the garden of his rented home in Modimolle.

On January 3, he allegedly forced them at gunpoint to rape his ex-wife and mutilate her with objects including nails, a screwdriver, and an angle-grinder.

Kotze lured his stepson, Conrad, to the house and allegedly shot and killed him.

Conrad's father, grandfather, aunt, and uncle sat in the front row of the packed courtroom. The neatly-shaven Kotze wore a yellow checked shirt, blue jeans, and a jacket.

Kotze previously chose not to apply for bail. His co-accused were denied bail after they failed to prove there were exceptional circumstances for them to qualify.

Stoffberg earlier ruled that no photographs could be taken of the four men inside court.

  • Gigo - 2012-05-11 15:04

    Hoooray,thank you,I hope he does not come back....

      John - 2012-05-11 15:57

      his defence is correct in saying "this is not the normal run of the mill crimes" nothing about this case is normal and yes you dont need to send him for evaluation to do somthing like this you have to be as mad as a hatter but there is no cure for this retard except as leonad said the rope, all four of them, gov should wise up and bring back the death penalty for violent crime,

      George - 2012-05-11 16:04

      The only evaluation he needs is to determine the thickness of the rope for his neck. BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY NOW.

      Sharon - 2012-05-11 18:41

      kill the piece of sh- t he should be locked up,it costs us the taxpayer to feed him

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-12 06:44

      Another prime candidate for euthanasia that will enjoy a stay in a comfortable mental institution at the tax payers expense while people dither around deciding whether or not he is fit to stand trial ... If he was mentally capable enough to think up and perform the crime he is mentally capable enough to stand trial and accept the consequences. SA STOP protecting the criminals!!!

  • Nimrod - 2012-05-11 15:14

    What is the criteria for mental evaluation as required by law. Should'nt his co-accused also not be sent for mental evaluation as soon as a bed is available?

      Brendon - 2012-05-11 16:26

      Why the need of a bed let him lie on the floor like a dog.

  • Liesbet - 2012-05-11 15:17

    So what will happen if he is cookoos?? Get away with it????

  • Monique - 2012-05-11 15:18

    Yet again, we try and give these people an excuse a way out?? No wonder there is so much crime. This is a safe haven for criminals

  • Sipho - 2012-05-11 15:34

    Ya, dey r ryt, he is nt normal, he is craze, dats y we hv jails for craze ppl like him, he daznt nid an evaluation, he belongs with animals like him in jail

  • Sipho - 2012-05-11 15:34

    Ya, dey r ryt, he is nt normal, he is craze, dats y we hv jails for craze ppl like him, he daznt nid an evaluation, he belongs with animals like him in jail

  • sabongam - 2012-05-11 15:58

    For clarity sake - my opinion is that this man and so many others who commit similar offences like child rapists, really deserve the death penalty...A quick question though, would the shoe fit if someone in your family, say a younger brother or sister perhaps? Would one be so voacal and take this particular stance regarding the death penalty if a loved one stood accused of heinous crimes? Please be honest.

      John - 2012-05-11 16:08

      for sure i would still support it, these people are sick and there is no cure. most of these crimminals come from degenerate families and have not been brought up with values, so under normal circumstances if the family is solid and all have good values i dont see them commiting a crime like this and should one become mentally ill the should be sighs and with proper help most poberly be prevented

      John - 2012-05-11 16:09

      sorry it should read there should be signs

      Brendon - 2012-05-11 16:25

      If any family member of mine committed such a heinsous crime or raped an innocent child there would be no need for the death penaly... I would bury them in my backyard without hesitation.

      rhodgkiss - 2012-05-12 07:05

      If he was family, my reply would be the same...get rid of the scumbag!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-12 19:12

      He murdered his stepson AND was instrumental in the rape and mutilation of his wife. He should be put to death. No appeals, no waste of money. Finished 'n klaar.

  • Brendon - 2012-05-11 16:23

    What a load of crock...hiding behind that he is insane...of course he is but he should be in prison with other criminals not in a comfortable psyc ward with loonys. let him loose but notify the public when he is released so we can meet him with open arms and stone his ass.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-11 16:27

    Kotze came directly from hell...pity that poor lady (his wife) for having had anything to do with him.....what a soul destroying incident that she had to endure. Kotze is inhuman.....because no human could have done this.

  • rhodgkiss - 2012-05-12 07:04

    Take him for a ride in a helicopter and evaluate how far he bounces when he hits the ground!

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