Double life + for Rosselloty

2012-12-13 00:00

SENTENCING Gerald Rosselloty to two life terms plus 15 years’ imprisonment yesterday, high court Judge Rishi Seegobin made it clear he believes Rosselloty should not be considered for early parole.

Rosselloty sat sombrely in the dock, displaying no emotion.

No one in the public gallery was sympathetic towards him.

His girlfriend and the mother of his son, Jogayle Wahl, who supported Rosselloty and testified on his behalf at the trial, was not present yesterday.

A relative of the child Rosselloty was found to have raped in 2006, welcomed the sentence in the absence of the child’s mother who was at work.

Busisiwe Madondo, mother of murder victim Nokwazi Ntuli, was also satisfied.

“My child can now rest in peace,” she said.

Judge Seegobin found Rosselloty to be incapable of rehabilitation.

He said his callous rape of the six-year-old girl in September 2006 had a devastating effect on her, and he described the manner in which he had murdered his former lover, Ntuli, in April 2010 as “brutal and savage”.

She was beaten and strangled and her body set alight.

The judge ordered that a copy of his judgment and sentence be sent to the Department of Correctional Services in case it should consider releasing Rosselloty without considering the gravity of the offences, he said.

Judge Seegobin said he believed the department often “acts hastily” by releasing offenders in serious cases involving violence, only for them to go out and commit similar crimes again.

He said in his judgment that sentences of direct imprisonment and suspended jail sentences that were meted out to Rosselloty in the past for a string of previous convictions had not deterred him from committing more crimes.

His previous convictions include robbery, rape, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, as well as drug- and alcohol-related crimes.

A disturbing feature was that when Rosselloty raped the child and killed Ntuli, he had a suspended five-year jail sentence for assault hanging over his head.

Judge Seegobin said it was difficult to say whether Rosselloty’s “emotional outpouring” on Tuesday — when he admitted that he killed Ntuli (28) in April 2010 — was due to genuine remorse or simply regret over the predicament he now found himself in.

Seegobin said it was disappointing that Rosselloty had not take responsibility much earlier, and instead subjected many witnesses to “relentless questioning” about things he personally knew about.

The judge said that from the medical evidence it appeared Ntuli had suffered a “painful and undignified death”.

“The sheer brazenness and brutality of the acts perpetrated on her fills one with revulsion,” he said.

Ntuli’s “only crime” was that she was unable to stay away from Rosselloty in spite of constant fighting and abuse.

As for the rape, he said it was not hard to imagine the pain and fear the child had experienced.

The mother of the victim testified that the little girl still needed counselling and struggled to cope at school. It was also too early to say whether she would be able to bear children of her own in future. “I can only hope that she will be able to lead a normal life one day,” he said.

Judge Seegobin said Rosselloty had shown himself to be of no benefit to society, and his actions were indicative of a “calculated bloody-mindedness” which had a devastating and long-term impact on the people around him.

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