Rosselloty: Lover knew ‘that would be it’ after child’s birth

2012-02-17 00:00

IN spite of his relationship with murder victim Nokwazi Ntuli, accused Gerald Rosselloty was “excited” about the birth of his son by another woman and had planned to marry the child’s mother.

He gave this evidence during cross examination in the Pietermaritzburg high court yesterday where he is on trial on charges of child rape, arson and Ntuli’s murder. Her charred body was found on a burnt mattress on a forestry road along Hilton College road in the early hours of April 17, 2010.

The murder occurred a day after Rosselloty attended the birth of his son at Grey’s hospital.

He told Judge Rishi Seegobin and assessors that he had intended to marry his child’s mother.

Asked how Ntuli felt about this, he replied: “She knew from the start that the day the child was born that would be it … all girlfriends would stop.”

He denied that he had killed her by assaulting and strangling her and that he had then set fire to his residence at 13 Callanish in Hilton to cover up the murder.

He also denied allegations that he’d abused her during their relationship.

State advocate Dorian Paver questioned Rosselloty’s explanation that someone would have gone to the trouble of loading him into his bakkie whilst he was in a deep sleep, abandoning him elsewhere, killing Ntuli, burning her body on a mattress and then setting fire to the house for no apparent reason.

He also questioned why it was only suggested for the first time when Rosselloty testified that another man, Lucky, could be the killer.

Praver asked Rosselloty why, if he had an innocent explanation, he had lied about being en route to the Mighty Men conference when he’d heard about the fire, and why he did not tell police about Lucky — even when he was asked by investigating officer Andrew Salzwedel if he knew of anyone who would have wanted to kill Ntuli.

Rosselloty frequently shook his head and muttered that he didn’t know how he could be expected to answer the questions put to him.

At one stage he replied he did not tell police his version about being asleep and waking up in his bakkie at the crucial time because it “doesn’t sound believable”.

Concerning the rape of the little girl in September 2, 2006, Rosselloty said he accepts the child believes he attacked and raped her, but could not explain why because he did not do it.

He could not suggest who else could be responsible.

He said that, although the child was in his care on the day in question, when he left her at his mother, Brenda Rosselloty’s flat, she was “not bleeding or injured” that he was aware of.

Right: Rosseloty in court.

He again repeated his earlier testimony that he thinks the child’s mother had used the opportunity to falsely implicate him in the rape as she had done many times before.

He could not explain other injuries found on the child which are detailed in a medical report, including bruising all over the body and a cigarette burn on her arm.

He said her nose was “bruised” after he slammed the car door closed in her face as he was in a hurry to go to his mother’s flat. The case was postponed to April 2 for argument.

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