‘Monster’ trial told of gunshot wounds

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The stepson of alleged “Modimolle Monster” Johan Kotze died of gunshot wounds to his head and chest, the high court in Pretoria heard yesterday.

Bela-Bela pathologist Dr Camillus Molulu, who performed an autopsy on 19-year-old Conrad Bonnette, testified that Bonnette had a bullet wound in one knee and wounds in his head and chest.

The shot in his head entered at his right upper lip, went through his brain and lodged in the upper left part of his skull.

The chest shot entered at his right breast, went through his lungs and heart, and lodged in the muscles of his left shoulder.

Molulu said both wounds were fatal.

Both bullets had been fired from further than 60cm.

Kotze, Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane and Frans Mphaka are accused of murdering Conrad Bonnette and kidnapping, raping, assaulting and attempting to murder Kotze’s former wife, Ina Bonnette.

Bonnette testified last week that Kotze had sawn off both of her nipples during a prolonged torture session, after which the other three accused had taken turns to rape her.

She could hear her son begging Kotze for his life before she heard three shots.

DNA expert Lieutenant-Colonel Carin Botha testified that no semen or DNA could be found on any samples taken from Bonnette.

Kotze’s three alleged accomplices all claimed they had simulated sex with Bonnette, but had not raped her because they could not get erections.

The trial continues. – Sapa


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