Court told of unstable past

2012-11-29 00:00

MURDER and rape accused Gerald Rosselloty’s girlfriend was “broken” when she found out about his affair with the woman he is alleged to have killed.

The Pietermaritzburg high court heard yesterday that Jogayle Wahl — who gave birth to Rosselloty’s son the day of the alleged murder on April 16, 2010 — had suffered a stress-induced asthma attack and ended up in intensive care when she became aware of Rosselloty’s relationship with Nokwazi Ntuli just before New Year (at the end of 2009).

This evidence was given before Judge Rishi Seegobin and assessors by Candice Hickinbotham, a close friend of the couple at the time.

Her evidence contradicts that given by Wahl, who testified that Rosselloty had never laid a hand on her.

Responding to questions by Judge Seegobin, Hickinbotham described Rosselloty and Wahl’s relationship as “unstable”.

On the day Wahl gave birth in Grey’s hospital, Hickinbotham and another friend, Brett Evans, were in attendance in case Rosselloty didn’t arrive.

Hickinbotham confirmed that Rosselloty arrived at her home the morning his simplex caught fire and Ntuli’s charred body was found on a mattress in the veld in Hilton. He asked for her help.

She had not known at first what type of help he wanted, but later when she received two “quite cryptic” SMS messages from his cellphone, it was clear to her that he wanted her to provide him with an alibi, she said.

Instead, she told the police and put it in her statement.

Hickinbotham said up to the time of the trial she, as well as Wahl, always “jumped to Gerald’s defence” when he got into trouble over minor things. “I always thought why must the man suffer for the sins of his past?” she said.

Hickinbotham was one of four witnesses called yesterday by Rosselloty, who is representing himself after firing his attorney.

The case was adjourned until Monday to enable the state to subpoena several other witnesses Rosselloty wants recalled for further questioning.

One of the witnesses he will be allowed to call — despite the objection of state advocate Dorian Paver — is the little girl he is accused of having raped in 2006 when she was six years old.

Rosselloty said while he appreciated it would be an “unpleasant experience” for the child, he had “many material questions” to ask.

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