KZN man denies hurting raped girl
Johannesburg - A KwaZulu-Natal man told the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday he had no idea how a 6-year-old girl he is accused of raping was injured.
Gerald Rosselloty, 40, made the denial while being cross-examined by State advocate Dorian Paver.
Rosselloty did not deny that he picked up the child and spent the day with her, but said he did not know he it came about that she had cigarette burns and a bleeding vagina when he dropped her off.
Paver said a stranger saw she was in distress and saw blood on her clothes soon after she was dropped off
She was taken to hospital, where her injuries had to be surgically repaired. Later, she was treated by a gynaecologist in hospital.
Her mother told the court that six years after the incident the child's experience still haunted her. She would not go to the bathroom alone, her schoolwork suffered and she was still being counselled.
The rape took place in September 2006.
On Tuesday, in a room adjoining the court, the girl - now aged 11 - told the court through an intermediary that Rosselloty had told her he had a present for her.
She said he made her strip, threw her on a bed, smeared cream on himself and raped her.
In charges unrelated to the rape charge, Rosselloty is also being prosecuted for alleged arson and the murder of his girlfriend Nokwazi Ntuli on April 17 2010.
The trial resumes on April 2.