Psychiatrist: Kotzé not accountable

2013-04-19 14:34

Pretoria - So-called "Modimolle monster" Johan Kotzé is not accountable for his actions, a clinical psychiatrist told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday.

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

Spannenberg was called by Kotzé’s defence counsel as a witness.

She said Kotzé had a narcissistic personality disorder and was obsessed with Bonnette. When he saw Bonnette with another man on New Year's Eve 2011 it caused trauma, which led to stress disorder.

He became dissociated when, during an argument on 3 January 2012, Bonnette put a vibrator on the table of his Modimolle house and told Kotzé to use it on his next wife.

Spannenberg read her report on Kotzé into the court record. She first assessed Kotzé in October 2012 at the Pretoria Maximum Prison. The interview lasted four hours.

"There was a sense of urgency on his side to convey his life story to me."

‘He was very frustrated’

She told the court the parts of the attack Kotzé said he forgot were consistent throughout her assessments.

"He was very frustrated about aspects of the incidents he could not remember."
Spannenberg told the court he could not relate to the fact that Conrad Bonnette was dead.

"I cannot kill Conrad," she quoted Kotzé saying.

She said he never referred to Conrad's death in the past tense.

"I would never be able to kill Conrad. I cannot shoot Conrad."

She said this was consistent in every interview.

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

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

Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane, and Frans Mphaka are also accused of kidnapping, assaulting, repeatedly raping, and attempting to murder Bonnette that day.

  • Tiny Xatyiswa Bikitsha - 2013-04-19 14:42

    *clap twice* WOW!

      Bontle Gape - 2013-04-19 14:50

      That's what criminals/murderes do this days they act crazy so they won't go to jail, he should have his nipples cut off

      Gerrie Botha - 2013-04-19 15:17

      What is a vibratar?

      Bontle Gape - 2013-04-19 15:42

      Vibrator is something women use when men like you don't satisfy them

      Matthew Peter John Wilke - 2013-04-19 16:00

      Little bit unnecessary @Bontle...

      Attie Stone - 2013-04-19 18:39

      It's a beef substitute Gerrie

      Jack Frost - 2013-04-19 21:27

      The only way he can be non-accountable in SA is if he belongs to the cANCer society. I understand that cANCer membership is now a recognisable psychiatric disorder, requiring immediate isolation, until Jesus comes again.

      Shayne Jones Snr - 2013-04-20 12:30

      @ Bontle They either act insane or terminally ill like Sheik and Selebi

  • Lyndatjie - 2013-04-19 14:42

    I've had ENOUGH of so-called psychiatrists trying to justify their existence and their very being by blaming EVERYBODY and EVERYTHING than on the person who comits the crime. While these guys try to find new names for imaginary psycho-problems in order to get published in the Medical journals, people are being killed and tortured because YOU tell them that they are NOT accountable for their actions. HOGWASH!

      Johan Smith - 2013-04-19 14:52

      Even if there is a "mental defficiency" and is not acoountable, this still enables him to kill, and because of this defficiency he should still be locked away for live and not be allowed to roam the streets. Society was a much healthier place before psychiatrists.

      Frik du Toit - 2013-04-19 14:54

      I couldn't agree more. (How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? Only one, but it will take a very long time and the light bulb will have to really want to change.)

      Carolyn Sims-Handcock - 2013-04-19 15:31

      I agree with you - psycho-babble from people who purport to know a person after one session of talk - I think therapists and their ilk are the root of a lot of evil in the world

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-04-19 17:42

      In the new South Africa I can not be absolutely certain of this statement however the reason for psychiatric assessment in a capital offence used to be to determine whether the perpetrator should be incarcerated in a prison or detained in a secure lock up ward in a Mental Hospital where he could be monitored and medicated for as long as he lived and was deemed to be a danger to others. This allows him to be potentially rehabilitated through various methods. I know of a case where a man shot and killed his wife while she lay asleep in bed with her two very young children and left his 4 children without a mother. He did no jail time even although he admitted that he had killed her and subsequently remarried. His children have no contact with him. The law is not about revenge but about justice and the potential that the perpetrator poses a further danger to society given a similar set of circumstances. This guy looks absent - definitely not someone I'd want to meet anywhere. I hope that he is locked away for a long time.

  • Peter Ndamase - 2013-04-19 14:45

    "Spannenberg was called by Kotzé’s defence counsel as a witness"... enough said

  • JudithNkwe - 2013-04-19 14:46

    So easy to lie consistently in this way and she believes him!

  • Colin Taylor - 2013-04-19 14:46

    What a crock... like saying the bullet isn't responsable for leaving the barrel of a gun... Mindless drivel being used as an excuse for someone who knew full well what he was doing.

  • CraigJoseph - 2013-04-19 14:50

    If he isn't accountable for his actions, then he definitely doesn't have a place in society. He should be remanded to a psychiatric ward for the remainder of his days where they can feed him mind numbing drugs so that he can reflect on his actions for the rest of his life.

  • Antoinette AK - 2013-04-19 14:50

    Get it right News 24 , psychologist not psychiatrist !!!! There is no such thing as a clinical psychiatrist , google her name you will find she is a psychologist in 1 second .

      Squeegee Pilot - 2013-04-19 20:04

      There is also no such thing as a News24 journalist...

  • Arlene Prince - 2013-04-19 14:51

    That is the biggest problem in South Africa, nobody seems to be accountable for there actions, Everyone just murders and rapes as they like with no regard. Government is free to rape and plunder our country economically and it citizen can just do whatever.No one is accountable, its sickening.

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-04-19 17:58

      Actually Arlene, if you are unhappy with the government you can vote against them and if enough people do so there can be a change in the way everything is perceived. When the people who claim to represent the majority ignore or are incompetent and unable to do their civil service honestly then it is your and my right to exercise our right to vote. Complaining and toyitoyiing and burning infrastructure and NOT voting makes the electorate accessories to the crime and corruption.Sadly the idea of Human rights has never come with a corresponding idea of responsibility, accountability or consequence for repeated failure because the electorate keep returning the same parties to power. There is a saying that if you keep on doing what you have always done when things are obviously not working to your satisfaction you are going to keep on getting what you've been getting. DON'T be APATHETIC or defeatist at the next Election, stand up and vote differently. If enough people did this this could be the best place in the world to live.

  • Africa Gwebityala Skhephu - 2013-04-19 14:51

    Its amazing that stories about americans get mega comments, and our own brutal stories are ignored, talking about blinkers in majority of n24 users eyes, shame.

  • Yolande Enslin - 2013-04-19 14:52

    So now we can all get away with murder, I am just gonna plead crazy, mad, angry, obsessed, pathetic, boneless idiot , all these kind of bulldust. This is a pot off crap!!!! Makes me furious!!!!! OEps or maybe the boy was an intruder and he wanted to protect Ina from the intruder. Murder is murder, put away these bastards

  • Selvyn Meier - 2013-04-19 14:58

    Who was? The Devil!!!

  • IantheJ - 2013-04-19 15:03

    And another psychiatrist will say the opposite and another one will explain both in detail and come up with yet another opinion and so on and so on...

  • Caroline Jacobs - 2013-04-19 15:05

    send the psychiatrist for an evaluation, what garbage! This monster conveniently forgets what he wants to - what a waste of time this trial is - just send him to jail

  • PamelaStone - 2013-04-19 15:07

    Bull Sheeeeet! He is a murderer. If he is not accountable for his actions then he is a danger to society surely.

  • Meagan Wessels - 2013-04-19 15:17

    Cant believe he's gonna get away with this!

  • Rosemary Ellis de Jager - 2013-04-19 15:21

    Sickening, Tersia Spannenberg. Is it any wonder that we have bred a nation of psychopaths where no one is accountable for anything anymore? You are supposed to be a highly educated medical specialist - but you cant even tell right from wrong. He is a Monster, pure evil and what he did to that woman is beyond belief - and your condonation of it is beyond contempt.

  • Carol Harvey - 2013-04-19 15:22

    stupid Dumb F...k Kotze. If he was stressed then he should have gone to the chemist for a friggen chill pill, not bottle it up inside and then kill, maime and rape.

  • Bob Smit - 2013-04-19 15:24

    So if I admit that I am stone cold crazy and black out at times it gives me a free ticket to kill people? If I show these symptoms please lock me up or hang me.

  • Cathrine Evelyne Bennetts - 2013-04-19 15:24

    Sheeze, with his track record with previous exes, seems the psychiatrist has also fallen under his evil spell, Bring back the death penalty and hang him

  • Eterni80 - 2013-04-19 15:25

    I'm sure JZ will plead the same one day when asked about the period he 'governed' SA for

  • Vuyo Manisi - 2013-04-19 15:27

    my wife is having an affair and as a result am depressed. Am gonna get people to rape her and i won't be account coz am gonna hire this psychiatrist to say so in court. C'mon now lady you talking rubbish

  • Bradley Brits - 2013-04-19 15:27

    This person is a psychologist not a psychiatrist. If I remember he was seen by more than 1 psychiatrist and all concurred that he is sane just most likely evil psychopath. His defence will obviously only call up the only person who thinks he's Looney.

  • Brigitte Bell - 2013-04-19 15:35

    Not accountable my backside!

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  • Eddie Botha - 2013-04-19 15:53

    Antoinette AK is correct. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specialised - like any other specialist - for four years after doing housemanship (or of course after a GP practice. A psychiatrist can for instance prescribe medicines (psycologists not. Many people also confue an optometrist, who tests your eyes and give ypou glasses or contacts, with a opthamologist (spelling?), who is an eye specialist and also did four or more years specialisation after medical school. By the way, if I remember Kotze had been diagnosed by two or three psychiatrists in a state hospital who said he is mentaly fit to stand trial.

  • Francois Conradie - 2013-04-19 15:59

    Total BUUUUULLLLLLLLLLSSSSSSSSHHHHHHH............. Psychiatrist is probably being paid.

  • Stephen Anthony Paxton - 2013-04-19 16:01

    Why was he on the run in the first place if he can't remember what he did. This is stupid. He should rot in jail.

      Welile Nokuthula Ndlovu - 2013-04-19 17:55

      hum, a very good question, and miraculously he remembers all the bad things hs wife did.

  • Eloise Botha - 2013-04-19 16:09

    How easy was that? Free ticket via docters for all psychos to do as they please.... Onthou dokter, hy staan dalk een van die dae voor jou eie deur aangesien jy sy meal ticket net dalk vir hom gegee het

  • Sanette Dewet - 2013-04-19 16:15

    The thing that baffles me the most is that the psychiatrists is female....where is her head? Were she the victim, would she "defend" his actions so readily?!

  • Petri Wessels - 2013-04-19 16:18

    not accountable my lily white ass!!!! this is a prime example why this country needs the death penalty... justice in just a flick of a switch..

  • Gremlin - 2013-04-19 16:18

    Tertia Spannenberg , till it happens to you or your family and then you are of the opinion they are sane and guilty ! Stupid woman !

  • Hannelie Maartens Weitsz - 2013-04-19 16:24

    Surely money is talking here!!! He must have been paid to say this!!! This monster planned everything!!!

  • Charms - 2013-04-19 16:28

    Tertia Spannenberg should maybe agree to go out with this idiot when he comes out of the tjoekie thanks to her idiotic idea....just maybe she will change her opinion of him quickly after that...

  • Judy - 2013-04-19 16:34

    Shame on you Tertia. You are a disgrace to womanhood.

  • Jenny Nel - 2013-04-19 16:38

    Rubbish. He knew exactly what he was doing. He is sick sick sick and should be permanently removed from society.

  • Braam Coetzee - 2013-04-19 16:54

    Pathetic journalism! Tertia Spannenberg is not a psychiatrist, but an excellent psychologist

      Frik du Toit - 2013-04-19 18:52

      Excellent? That is debatable, judged by her opinion of Kotze.

  • Herbert Smith - 2013-04-19 17:00

    What a lot of Bolly !!!!! He did not act impulsively, he stopped whatever he was doing,drove to the house,had time to think and plan his actions; and you want to tell me he is not accountable. Tertia, think again !!!!

  • Elize Goosen - 2013-04-19 17:32

    Then he should be locked in a mental institution and the key thrown away, people like that can't go walking the streets.

  • Bianca-Anne - 2013-04-19 17:33

    Just for the record she is also from Bloemfontein and that is Johan Kotze playfield, strange how someone from his hometown will travel to Pretoria to listen to him, to hear his life story ... I wonder. Second opinion...Forget the State psychiatrist found him to be accountable...strangely that he will look for a female psychiatrist to testify ... Maybe that is her professional opinion but maybe looking at his conduct, him having new relationships with woman even in jail, I just think in my unprofessional opinion I will say he is guilty as sin and knew what he was doing.

  • Maanda Muleya - 2013-04-19 17:55

    Is this kotze thing stil alive???they should've hang him long time ago,you commite crime and now you wana act ill?. . .ur testicles are next farm boy!

  • Mattew Aron - 2013-04-19 18:14

    Tertia Spannenberg is a PSYCHOLOGIST. A psychiatrist would never make up such crap about stress disorder

  • Tersius Adriaanse - 2013-04-19 18:33

    The same thing is gonna happen to oscar that he is also accountable for that he wanted to murder reeva thats what the state is going to prove and both of them will be found guilty on all charges

  • Nicola Dee Van As - 2013-04-19 21:01

    Well this is where we are in the world. Commit a God-awful crime like mutilating your ex-wife AND kill your son in cold blood, then claim you were insane and not accountable. FFS people! An eye for an eye.

  • Kim SaiyanPrincess Murison - 2013-04-19 21:26

    - He still committed unspeakable acts of violence against this poor woman. Don't let him off.

  • Danie - 2013-04-20 04:14

    What a life she must have had being married to a phyco

  • Josie Russell - 2013-04-20 07:19

    Bull- hang the bastard and his three friends!

  • Chris van Rooyen - 2013-04-20 10:15

    Terrible sick man, tragic story! One just wonders if she is completely blameless?

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