Has Rosselloty wed his lover?

2012-06-30 00:00

A FACEBOOK posting claims that murder and rape accused Gerald Rosselloty and the woman he calls “lover” married on June 12.

The woman, who gave birth to his son the day on which he is alleged to have murdered his other girlfriend, Nokwazi Ntuli, at Hilton on April 17, 2010, has not been named by Weekend Witness in order to protect the identity of the couple’s child.

She did not respond yesterday to an e-mail or to cellphone messages left by Weekend Witness inviting her to discuss her marriage to Rosselloty.

Weekend Witness has established that the couple appear to maintain close contact via Facebook, despite Rosselloty’s continued incarceration pending the resumption of his trial on November 26 this year. She posted a photograph of the two of them dated June 12, 2012, which was captioned “Married Gerald Rosselloty”.

Friends replied with messages such as “Did I miss something?” and “NIIICE my invite must have gotten lost in the post then????”

In a loving message to Rosselloty on his Facebook page, the woman says; “I love you forever and always … youre my heart, youre my soul”.

Rosselloty responds: “hee hee sounds like a modern talking song. Thanks lover. You are one wonderful lady. I hardly have the words to explain. I think by the time we get to our golden anniversary, i’ll just have touched on how incredible you are. You are a miracle. I love you so very much hunny. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life. You are my life. X.”

A number of people have questioned how Rosselloty is able to access Facebook from his prison cell.

Nokuthula Zikhali, a spokesperson for the Department of Correctional Services, told Weekend Witness that prisoners were not allowed access to Facebook or cellphones and that the matter would have to be investigated.

She said a similar incident had been reported at Westville Prison, but it emerged that someone else had accessed that prisoner’s profile and it was not the prisoner who had sent the messages.

Zikhali said it was not likely Rosselloty and his girlfriend had wed. “It sometimes happens that arrangements are made for sentenced prisoners to get married in prison, but this does not happen with awaiting trial prisoners,” she said.

Rosselloty is on trial for killing Ntuli at the Hilton simplex where he was living at the time, and then dumping her body on a mattress and setting fire to it about three kilometres away in the veld.

He is also charged with raping a six-year-old child who was in his care in 2006, and causing her injuries that required two operations to repair her vagina. The girl, now 11, gave evidence at Rosselloty’s trial and identified him as her rapist.

In his evidence Rosselloty denied that he had raped the child, although he told Judge Rishi Seegobin he accepts that “somehow the child believes it was me”.

He alleged that the mother of the little girl may have falsely implicated him in the incident because he’d rejected her marriage proposal to him.

Rosselloty also denied having brutally assaulted and killed Ntuli on the night in question and dumped her body. He alleged he and Ntuli had been in the company of one of his employees, Lucky Ngcobo, on the night in question and that he had seen ­Ngcobo assaulting her.

Rosselloty claims to have put Ntuli into bed, and said that when he went to sleep she was alive.

Later he woke up in his bakkie, which was parked in Acutt Road in Hilton. His phone was ringing and he got a message to say his simplex was on fire.

Rosselloty said he cannot remember anything that happened between the time he went to bed and when he woke up in his bakkie.

The case was due for judgment in April when Rosselloty fired his lawyer, electing to continue defending himself and applying to call further witnesses in his defence.

The application was granted.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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