Grim details in Hilton murder case

2010-11-27 00:00

THE state alleges that Hilton murder accused Gerald Rosselloty (40) deliberately knocked his live-in lover, Nokwazi Ntuli, unconscious on April 16, drove her to an isolated spot, placed her on a mattress, doused it with an inflammable substance and set it alight.

It is not known if she was dead prior to being set on fire.

Earlier that day Rosselloty was allegedly with his other lover, Joygayle Simone Wahl, at Grey’s Hospital where she gave birth to their son.

These allegations are contained in a high court indictment served on Rosselloty yesterday.

He will go on trial in the high court on March 28, 2011, for Ntuli’s murder, as well as arson and the rape of a child on September 2, 2006.

The indictment alleges that at the time of the alleged murder, Rosselloty was involved in a relationship with Wahl, but was at the same time also in an intimate relationship with Ntuli, who was living with him at the simplex where he stayed.

The owner of the simplex at Monzali Drive in Hilton, Graham Carter, was allegedly away at the time receiving treatment for a serious illness. The two men previously stayed together at the simplex in a “commune-type situation”.

On the day in question the state alleges Rosselloty decided to do away with Ntuli. That evening he assaulted her at the simplex and rendered her unconscious. He put her body on a mattress from the house, placed it into his bakkie and drove to an isolated place on the Hilton College road.

There he put Ntuli’s body on the mattress, doused it with an inflammable substance and set it alight, allegedly to prevent Ntuli being identified.

The indictment states the cause of Ntuli’s death could not be determined and it was not known if she was already dead when she was set alight.

Afterwards Rosselloty allegedly returned to the simplex and also set the premises on fire. “He wished to create the impression that the deceased had perished in an accidental fire while he was away,” the indictment states.

The damage to Carter’s simplex was estimated at around R700 000.

Rosselloty will also stand trial for the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl who visited him at the same simplex on September 2, 2006.

The prosecution alleges that Carter (who was at the simplex) became aware the child was in distress and that there was an argument between him and Rosselloty. They thereafter drove the child back to her mother in Pietermaritzburg. She was admitted to hospital later that night.

Rosselloty is currently in custody awaiting trial. He previously withdrew an application for bail.

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