Rosselloty case: wait for soil, blood tests

2010-08-05 00:00

FORENSIC analysis of soil and blood samples as well as the relevant post mortem report are still outstanding in the investigation against Hilton murder accused Gerald Rosselloty (37), the state prosecution team told Pietermaritzburg magistrate Divesh Mootheram yesterday when Rosselloty made another brief appearance in court.

Rosselloty is charged with the murder of a girlfriend, Nokwazi Mkhize, whose burned remains were discovered on April 17 lying on a mattress in the veld not far from the townhouse where Rosselloty lived in Hilton at the time.

He is also charged with arson arising from a fire that partly destroyed the rented townhouse on the same night, as well as a third charge of rape of a six-year-old girl, which he allegedly committed in September 2006.

Mootheram was informed that the investigating officer has requested the forensic laboratory to “fast track” its findings.

The magistrate asked why it has taken the best part of three months for the blood and soil samples to be sent for testing.

He was told that comparative soil tests are to be conducted to establish if soil samples obtained by investigators match the type of soil at the scene where the victim’s body was found.

Blood allegedly found in Rosselloty’s bakkie and on a pair of gloves is also to be tested.

Rosselloty has meanwhile not applied for bail. He was remanded in custody yesterday until September 8.

At an earlier hearing, the court was told that the Director of Public Prosecutions has given notice that Rosselloty will be indicted to stand trial for murder, rape and arson, but the trial date has not been set.

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