'Monster' tried to help, court hears

2012-11-21 23:01

Pretoria - The alleged "Modimolle Monster", Johan Kotzé, claims he tried to help his wife by begging his co-accused not to harm her, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday.

Bernard Bantjes, for Kotzé, put this version of the events of 3 January this year to Kotze's former wife Ina Bonette.

Bonette began testifying against Kotzé, Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane and Frans Mphaka on Tuesday.

The four are accused of murdering Bonette's 19-year-old son Conrad and of kidnapping, repeatedly raping, assaulting and trying to murder her.

Bonette was still married to Kotzé, but lived in her own flat at the time.

She testified that Kotzé tortured her with various objects, sawed and cut off both of her nipples and encouraged the other three men to rape her.

She heard her son begging for his life, followed by three shots. She later found him dead in the room next door.

Bantjes suggested that she had brought Kotzé to the impression that she wanted to reconcile.

Bonette denied having sex with Kotzé at her flat in November, spending time with him at a holiday resort and arranging to spend the evening with him on New Year's Eve, but then ignoring him.

It was put to her that Kotzé drove to a holiday resort near Modimolle on New Year's Eve, and saw Bonette dancing, kissing and cuddling another man.

He drove to her flat to wait for her and saw the other man expose and stroke her breasts, which "greatly upset him".

Bonette admitted being with another man, but said she and Kotze had been estranged at the time.

She denied that the incident he described had ever taken place.

Bantjes said Kotzé would testify that this was "the final straw" for him and had prompted him to write a letter which police later found in his house.

In the letter, Kotzé, among other things, described Bonette as a liar who had cheated on him with other men.

He said she had ruined his life, had even made him sell his farm, and that he was "done, done, done".

Remained calm

Kotzé's version was that Bonette went to his house on 3 January to discuss his unhappiness about the events on New Year's Eve.

Bonette denied this and said they had talked about their divorce. Kotzé had asked her to fetch some of her things.

According to Kotzé's lawyer, Bonette had removed a vibrator (he earlier claimed she had named it "Blink Stefaans") from her handbag, had thrown it onto a table and had told him he could use it on his next girlfriend.

His version was that he screamed "ugly things" at her when she walked into the house.

According to Kotzé, he was in the bathroom when he heard Bonette screaming. When he entered the bedroom, he saw his three co-accused had grabbed her.

Bantjes put it to Bonette that Kotzé had pushed the whole group before pushing Bonette onto the bed and asking her why she was cheating on him.

"He remembers trying to stop the men... He says he remembers yelling and twice asking them to please not hurt her.

"... Andries [Sithole] was the tall one and he kept on saying, telling him to please, please, please, please, please not hurt her," said Bantjes.

"The accused says after he pushed you and you fell onto the bed he held your arm while one of the other three tied you up," he said.

At times, Bonette seemed to lose her cool, but remained calm and stuck to her version.

The trial continues on Thursday.

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-11-21 23:14

    As if anyone would believe anything this monster had to say. Sheesh. His arrogance is astounding. He probably believes his own version events. Idiot!!!

      lownabester - 2012-11-21 23:19

      Arrogant, stupid, idiot all those words come to mind. "I was trying to help her" who would even think to believe him.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-11-21 23:32

      I cant wait for the shooting of her son version. He will most likely blame it on her as well.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-11-22 00:00

      Typical NPD!!!

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-11-22 01:32

      Perhaps he was a good man before, many men have been badly ruined by women, its not a first, I can imagine the frustration and humiliation he had to go through with this woman, regardless, NOTHING gives anyone the right to violate someone like they did, and now he needs to pay the price for not being able to control himself and walk away peacefully. WE NEED MORE DISCIPLINE, LOVE AND RESPECT IN THIS COUNTRY.

      reinette.berg - 2012-11-22 02:11

      Sally, anti-social personality disorder suits him quite fine.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-22 05:50

      Desperate man making up a story to save himself. Disgraceful pig. He is making her suffer all over again.

      merven.halo - 2012-11-22 08:17

      Is this court case really necessary? Just take all 4 of them outside and execute them.

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-11-21 23:15

    If Kotze creates fabricated and far fetched stories he will have to defend it. Any contradictions will make him an unreliable witness and his testimony will be rejected. In any event it does not justify his actions.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-11-21 23:17

    Psychopathic Liar.. Lock this woman basher up.. for Life! Even the death penalty is to easy for this despot.

  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-11-21 23:18

    Really now? Nxxxx,and why does the press keep referring to the monster as "the so called monster"? Isn't it confirmed he's a monster?

      mpathonhle.vandergwaz - 2012-11-22 09:15

      Melusi, the press does not have the right under any circumstances to call somebody a monster, hence the quotation marks to indicate indirect speech.

  • ft.burhaak - 2012-11-22 00:42

    This creature committed this crime in the wrong country.Send him to the Middle East,and he will wish that he never existed!

  • dana.du.toit - 2012-11-22 01:47

    even if she stucked a dildo up his ass, it does not justify what they did to her, hope he and his boys rot in hell

  • thabang.shela1 - 2012-11-22 02:31

    This is unhuman. Kotze deserve a serious punishment.

  • lskosana3 - 2012-11-22 03:23

    Pathetic! You can just tell that he's lying through his teeth!

  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-11-22 03:39

    SA's version of Jerry Springer show?

  • natacha.smit - 2012-11-22 03:48

    So he brought the 3 men to the house with the intend to rape her and then when they did it he begged them not to hurt her??? And he thinks we must believe him? Evil Idiot!!!

  • johnny.august.31 - 2012-11-22 04:00

    I Wish u guys watch the programme CHEATERS on TV n c how mostly men React to a cheating wife or Girlfriend

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-11-22 06:09

      and your point is?

      Dereck - 2012-11-22 07:37

      Johnny please tell me you are been sarcastic. Nobody in his right mind could justify this.If you are not then you must be one of the "real men"out there who condone such acts.

      ohattingh - 2012-11-22 15:07

      So if your girlfriend cheated on you, you'd kill her family and mutilate her to apease your bruised ego?!?! Sick SOB

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-11-22 05:15

    Utter disgrace to mankind !! What is happening to society ???!!!

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-11-22 05:40

    lets wait for the other idiots to start testifying than the paw paw will really hit the fan,why dont he just plead guilty and save us all th sorid details and putting her through hell

  • kevin.nicklin - 2012-11-22 06:13

    He shot and killed a 19 year old. Why do we need to hear his excuses. Send him to jail!

  • sean.tearnan - 2012-11-22 07:12

    How do Lawyers defend evil pieces of S**t like this. No wonder No One likes lawyers. How does the lawyer defending this Evil S**t look his Wife/Daughter in the eye at night.....Lawyers should refuse to defend evil like this

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-11-22 07:18

    Waste of white skin! oxygen thief- throw him to the dogs!!

  • linda.duits - 2012-11-22 07:20

    I hope they call his 3 co-accused to the stand so they can also tell their version, and I bet it will be as Ina described. The guy is sick in the head!

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-22 07:22

    He should get the death penalty just for what he is putting her through now! I hope his co-accused get him in prison. I'm sure they are not happy with what he has to say now either.

  • leonard.menge - 2012-11-22 07:27

    Yes kotze is a monster, but can we look at what forces prompted the man to commit such a gruemsome act? The is cause and effect in nature I think, maybe he loved the woman so much that he was hurt by her infidelity....the are just two sides of a story let's not listen to one only....

      godesha - 2012-11-22 07:35

      No Leonard, you are right about two sides to a story, but you are very wrong saying that she did something to prompt him. Whatever she did, cannot ever justify what was done to her.

      sean.tearnan - 2012-11-22 07:45

      Millions of couples DiVorce cause of infidelity ( where there is a lot of hurt ) but they don't behave like this. Rape, Torture, Kill this is just pure Evil and Revenge, and if you think what he did is okay cause the relationship broke down then you are one SICK Person

      siyabonga.khumalo.108 - 2012-11-22 07:52

      i dont support what this man did, but i understand what led him to do this... but i still think he took it too far! Proverbs 6:34-35 King James Version (KJV) 34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

      leonard.menge - 2012-11-22 08:09

      Yes I agree with you all people what he did was unjustified.

      Mazwi Biyase - 2012-11-22 09:55

      kill the bustard,

  • tshiamo.seipelo - 2012-11-22 07:27

    We go noway as the Country, the Devil has done all to kill Human Dignity. Whn We can say, We wait for God to come and Judget the World, the World is Poisoned and rottened

  • dicky.pansegrauw - 2012-11-22 07:49

    Soon , in jail, shout help when they(inmates) RAPE you!Then blame someone else!

  • siyabonga.khumalo.108 - 2012-11-22 07:53

    i dont support what this man did, but i understand what led him to do this... but i still think he took it too far! Proverbs 6:34-35 King James Version (KJV) 34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

      leonard.menge - 2012-11-22 08:05

      Agree with you siyabonga....

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-22 08:05

    Utter rubbish! Does this EVIL MONSTER believe that the rest of us are morons and will believe a ridiculous story like this??

  • michelle.marshall.3158652 - 2012-11-22 08:17

    one bullet in the head! problem solved - and let the wife do it!

  • tracey.wheal.77 - 2012-11-22 08:39

    You sawed off your wifes nipples but you begged your accomplices not to harm her............WTF!!!!! who are you trying to fool

  • Michael - 2012-11-22 08:41

    If anyone needs the death penalty.... it's this sick son of a bitch

  • diane.edwards.1048 - 2012-11-22 09:46

    you sick twisted pig I hope you rot in hell!

  • liz.kruger.54 - 2012-11-22 09:56

    What this man did is still utterly shocking and incomprehensible to me. Clearly he is a "monster". However, what really disturbs me here in this court case is the fact that this lawyer is actually willing to defend this guy. Not only that, but he is prepared to break the woman down on the stand... How can any normal person defend such actions? I just hope they can speed this along so that Ina, the hero that she is, is able to at least try to continue with her life.

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