Accused: ‘witnesses have amnesia’

2012-12-04 00:00

MURDER and rape accused Gerald Rosselloty complained yesterday that everyone he called to testify in his trial “seems to have amnesia”.

“I don’t know … maybe I have just got a very good memory,” he said after two senior public prosecutors said they could not remember having dealings with Rosselloty or his former girlfriend in 2002.

Rosselloty told Judge Rishi Seegobin and two assessors that he wanted to question one of the prosecutors, Siziwe Mkhonza, about an SMS message allegedly sent to him by his ex-girlfriend.

In the SMS, he claims, she confessed that she and her parents caused one of her daughters to charge him with indecent assault.

He alleges that based on the SMS, Mkhonza decided to withdraw the charge against him.

Both Mkhonza and senior prosecutor Zubeida Khan told the court they have no memory of Rosselloty, his ex-girlfriend or the case he was referring to as it happened so long ago.

Rosselloty said: “What she [his ex-girlfriend] did then is just what she is doing to me now.”

He was referring to a charge he faces of raping a six-year-old girl in September 2006.

The girl — who is now 12 — testified earlier in the case and identified Rosselloty as her assailant.

She will be recalled to the witness stand today at Rosselloty’s request, as he wants to ask her more questions.

Rosselloty fired his lawyer when the case had almost reached finality in February this year, and he has since recalled a number of witnesses for further cross examination.

State advocate Dorian Paver confirmed yesterday that arrangements have been made for the child to return to court today, and to testify via an intermediary.

Arrangements have also been made for Dr Dhanraj Maney, who performed a post mortem on Rosselloty’s alleged murder victim, Nokwazi Ntuli, to be called back for further cross examination today.

In earlier testimony, Maney testified that Ntuli, Rosselloty’s girlfriend, suffered internal bruising of her chest and heart, fractured ribs and other injuries consistent with strangulation.

He said that she was not alive when her body was set alight on a mattress in the veld in Hilton in the early hours of April 17, 2010.

Rosselloty has denied murdering Ntuli at his simplex in Callanish Gardens in Hilton, before dumping her body and setting fire to it, as well as to his flat to cover up the murder.

He claims that a former employee — Lucky Ngcobo (who has since died) — had assaulted Ntuli while the three drank together to celebrate the birth of his son, by another girlfriend, that night.

According to Rosselloty, Ntuli was alive when he went to bed.

He next awoke in his car — which was parked in Acutt Road, Hilton — but couldn’t recall how he got there.

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