Rosselloty asks judge: don’t take anger out on me

2012-12-11 00:00

MURDER and rape accused Gerald Rosselloty pleaded with high court Judge Rishi Seegobin yesterday “not to convict an innocent man”.

“Please don’t take your anger out on me because the police and the prosecutor wrongly offered me up as a sacrifice …

“You can’t take an absence of fact and evidence and turn it into a conviction,” Rosselloty urged the court.

“I only ask for one favour. I ask that the court uses common sense,” he also said.

Seegobin, who is sitting with two assessors, will deliver judgment from 9.30 am today.

State advocate Dorian Paver has urged the court to convict Rosselloty of all the charges he faces relating to the rape of a six-year-old girl in September 2006, and the murder of one of his lovers, Nokwazi Ntuli, at his residence at Callanish Gardens, Hilton on the night of April 16 to 17, 2010.

Paver said that the rape victim, though young, had been an “excellent witness” who did not display any undue malice or bias towards Rosselloty.

Her evidence was supported by other uncontroverted testimony.

On the other hand, he said Rosselloty displayed the hallmark of a “lying witness”.

Paver said that Nokwazi had been in a “stormy” relationship with Rosselloty, and was admittedly in his company shortly before her death.

Movements through the gate at Callanish — using the remote control allocated to Rosselloty — were consistent with Ntuli being moved after she was killed; of Rosselloty returning and then leaving again five minutes before two explosions were heard and the complex caught fire.

Paver said traces of blood had been found in Rosselloty’s van, and Nokwazi’s burned body was subsequently found on a mattress a distance from Callanish.

He said Rosselloty had offered only false explanations about his movements that night.

In support of his plea of innocence yesterday, Rosselloty gave an emotional speech in which he referred to details that had emerged about the “pain and horror” inflicted on Ntuli and on the child rape victim.

Rosselloty said it was “hard not to feel profound anger” for the person who had treated other human beings in such a manner.

“How could we not want the killer and rapist to be punished?

“But it must be the right killer and rapist,” he said.

Rosselloty repeatedly spoke of the “malicious” role he believes the mother of the alleged rape victim played due to their earlier acrimonious relationship.

He said he believes that the child’s mother made the little girl believe he had raped her, but he didn’t.

“I am not a child molester,” Rosselloty said, adding that he had never understood how or why any man could rape a child.

Rosselloty denied that he had sent two SMS messages to his former friend, Candice Hickinbotham, after his arrest in April 2010, asking her to provide him with an alibi for the night of Ntuli’s murder.

He also disputed her testimony that his current girlfriend, Jogayle Wahl, had confided in her that she had been assaulted by Rosselloty, or that Wahl was admitted to ICU because she was so upset about his relationship with Ntuli.

He said Wahl herself denied that he ever assaulted her, and they (he and Wahl) were “not in a steady relationship” at that time although she gave birth to his son.

The judge commented “as an aside” during the exchange that it appeared as if Rosselloty was “quite the ladies’ man”, having several girlfriends at a time.

He questioned what motive Hickinbotham had for falsely implicating Rosselloty.

“She was your close friend wasn’t she?” he asked Rosselloty.

“Well, Candice recently posted on Facebook that she’s performing her civic duty to put a psychopath behind bars,” Rosselloty replied.

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