About-turn confession

2012-12-12 00:00

IN a startling about-turn yesterday, an emotional Gerald Rosselloty (39) confessed to killing his lover, Nokwazi Ntuli (28), and setting fire to her body in April 2010.

“I wish I could tell her family how much I care … how much I miss her and regret causing the loss of their child … Nokwazi was a sweet person,” he said after experiencing a change of heart during the sentencing stage of proceedings when he was warned that he faces two possible life sentences for his crimes.

Rosselloty, however, continued vehemently to deny having raped a six-year-old girl in 2006 despite the earlier unanimous finding by Judge Rishi Seegobin and his assessors, Trisha Moonsamy and Chris Mdunge, that he did.

In their judgment, they said they considered Rosselloty to be a “cunning, conniving person with a narcissistic and perverted character that revealed itself every time he opened his mouth”.

Rosselloty will be sentenced today for what state advocate, Dorian Paver termed his “monstrous crimes”.

At first following his convictions yesterday for child rape, murder and arson, Rosselloty maintained his innocence, but then had an unexpected change of heart and began to confide about his role in Ntuli’s death.

He said he thought at first that if he admitted lying about the murder, the court would also think he was lying about the rape which he will “deny till the day he dies”.

He told the court that although responsible for Ntuli’s death, he “did not try to get rid of her”.

He “did not kneel on her or strangle her” like the court found in its judgment he did, but simply “lashed out” when they argued because he was constantly busy on the computer that night.

Ntuli fell against a wall and lay on the floor. “I picked her up and carried her to bed and put her to bed. I then went back to the kitchen and carried on drinking.

“When I went back to the room she wasn’t breathing,” Rosselloty said his voice cracking with apparent emotion.

“Her tongue certainly wasn’t protruding between her clenched teeth,” he added in a reference to post mortem findings by Dr Dhanraj Maney.

“I just rolled her up in the sheet and picked her up in the mattress, put her on the back of my bakkie.”

He said that he ended up “somewhere” and set fire to Ntuli’s body on the mattress.

He returned home, but couldn’t sleep.

“I kept seeing her body so I set the duvet alight and I left the house, “ he said.

Rosselloty also told the court he had a drinking problem.

“When I drink I turn into a different person … I tried to stop, but I couldn’t … I’d wake in the morning my body screaming for a drink,” he said.

He agreed with Seegobin that his version fingering his ex- employee, Lucky Ngcobo, as the possible killer, wasn’t true and that Lucky wasn’t present when Ntuli died.

But he said the court was wrong to find that Ntuli became a thorn in his flesh who had to be “permanently removed”, bearing in mind that Rosselloty’s other girlfriend, Jogayle Wahl, delivered his child earlier the same day.

Rosselloty said that there was “never a choice” between Ntuli and Wahl.

“Jo never said to me I must stop all that and settle down,” he said.

“I can have 20 girlfriends and love each of them. It’s how I am,” he added.

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