Child tells court of rape ordeal

2012-02-11 00:00

AN 11-year-old girl yesterday identified accused Gerald Rosselloty (40) as the man who threw her on a bed and raped her in 2006 after telling her he had a present for her.

Told by Rosselloty’s attorney, Chetna Singh, that Rosselloty alleges what she said is untrue, the little girl answered: “It is true and if I am lying then God would punish me.”

The small, pretty, blonde child wearing pink, sat in an adjoining room and gave evidence via an intermediary to shield her from the emotional stress of confronting her alleged assailant. Her voice did not waver as she replied to questions about her ordeal.

She told Judge Rishi Seegobin and assessors she was left in Rosselloty’s care on the day in question, September 2, 2006, by her mother.

“He said he has a present for me in his room and he told me to go there … he told me to take off my clothes and he threw me on the bed. He put cream on his private parts and then he raped me,” the child said.

“Uncle Graham came running down the corridor and he saw what [the man] was doing to me and he picked me up and took me to the bathroom and closed the door.

“I heard Uncle Graham and [the man] shouting at each other.”

She said the person she called “uncle” had come to fetch her and told her to go to the bedroom and get dressed.

“When I went to the bedroom I had to hold onto the walls,” she said.

The two men drove her to her mother’s flat, but she was not at home. They then took her to Brenda Rosselloty’s flat.

There Gerald Rosselloty told her to “fetch his phone” from the lounge, and while she was doing so she heard people “screaming and shouting” at each other.

Brenda Rosselloty came and told her to go to the neighbour’s house because there was “fighting”.

She went to Merilyn Howes’s flat where she “had a bath”.

The girl’s mother, who once had a relationship with Rosselloty, said when she left her daughter in his care that day “she was perfect”.

On her arrival at Howes’s flat in response to an SMS that night, she was shown where the child had bled on a couch and was also handed a plastic bag containing blood and body tissue.

She rushed the child to MediClinic, but the doctor there referred them to Grey’s saying it was a “state matter”. Nurses at MediClinic notified the police.

At that stage her daughter was shaking, vomiting and “messing herself. There were huge clots of blood coming from her,” she said.

At Grey’s Hospital the child was taken straight to theatre for an operation to repair her vagina.

During an examination she had also noticed cigarette burns on her little girl and blood coming from her nose.

The child spent one week in Grey’s Hospital and another at St Anne’s where she underwent a second operation and was seen by a psychologist. Throughout this period doctors were unable to stop her bleeding.

The mother testified that since the rape her daughter “is a very frightened little girl who cannot go to the bathroom alone”.

She also has severe difficulty at school as she goes into an “imaginary world” and can’t concentrate.

Both of them are still undergoing counselling.

Rosselloty’s attorney suggested to the child’s mother that she was “setting him up” because he had turned her down when she proposed marriage to him in 2006. She denied this.

The woman admitted that she had laid charges of assault against Rosselloty previously, but disputed it was “more than 30 times” as suggested by him.

She also denied an allegation by Rosselloty that she had once hired someone to “give her two black eyes” just so that she could charge him with assault.

The case will continue on Monday.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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