Mom ‘knocked stupid’

2012-11-27 00:00

MURDER and rape accused Gerald Rosselloty’s adoptive mother has told how he beat her, nearly “knocking her stupid” in 2006.

Brenda Rosselloty was one of several witnesses called at Rosselloty’s behest when his trial resumed before Judge Rishi Seegobin and assessors yesterday for the murder of his girlfriend, Nokwazi Ntuli, at Hilton in April 2010, and the rape of a six-year-old child in September 2006.

“You beat me black and blue. You broke my jaw, dislocated my cheek and I’ve got no teeth because of that … I’ve got a plate,” Brenda told Rosselloty in the course of her testimony.

When Rosselloty pointed out to her that she got between him and his brother, she replied: “But you never stopped Gerald. You just kept on and on. You nearly knocked me stupid … I was covered in bruises.”

When Brenda was asked if she knew a court found him not guilty of assaulting her, she replied: “That’s the court’s decision, not mine”.

The incident had occurred on the same day that Rosselloty is alleged to have raped a little girl in his care on September 2, 2006.

Brenda said she had answered a knock at her flat door and let Rosselloty and the child in.

She saw the little girl had a “very, very dirty face”, but “didn’t even look” at her because she was too busy following Rosselloty, who had “made a beeline” for his brother Rowan’s bedroom.

Brenda said that she only heard the child was raped several days later after she had undergone an operation for her own injuries.

“You came in, pulled your shirt off, threw it on the dining room table and went straight to the bedroom … You climbed into your brother straight away and I tried to stop you … Rowan broke loose and ran away and you high­tailed it out of there,” she added.

When Rosselloty suggested to her that according to the child’s evidence the little girl “couldn’t even walk” on entering the flat, Brenda replied: “All I know is that you beat me so that I didn’t know if I was coming or going.”

She denied in reply to her adoptive son’s questions that she had only laid assault charges against him three months later after hearing that Rowan was a suspect in the rape case.

“When was Rowan ever a suspect?” she asked him.

Concerning Rowan’s decision to go overseas, Brenda said Rowan had planned “for ages” to go overseas.

“He had to get his ancestral visa organised and that takes a very long time … This was no spur of the moment thing,” she added.

Brenda said she had “nothing to do” with Rosselloty from 2006 until 2010, when he brought his current girlfriend to see her and try to make peace.

“I said to you, it’s done … it’s finished … but I am very wary of you,” she said.

She said when the story broke in the newspapers about Rosselloty’s trial, his girlfriend called her to ask if she thought he “did it”.

“I told her I don’t know. I’m not judge and jury. She will have to wait and see.”

She confirmed in her evidence that Rosselloty had “often fought” with the mother of the alleged rape victim, while they were still together.

The child’s mother is also back in the witness box, at Rosselloty’s request.

She denied his allegations yesterday that she had laid numerous “false” charges against him during their three- year relationship, including a charge that he raped another of her children.

Rosselloty commented that it was amazing how “no one can remember things”.

He asked the court to help him to obtain documentation from the police to prove his allegations that the woman laid numerous complaints against him, resulting in him being “in and out” of prison.

He also got heated when state advocate Dorian Paver suggested that at one stage that he was “harassing” his witness.

“That wasn’t harassment. What I was put through with Mr Paver was harassment and nobody protected me,” said Rosselloty.

Paver has lodged an objection to Rosselloty’s request to recall the child rape victim for further cross examination.

Rosselloty has indicated she is among several witnesses he wants recalled in the case.

The case is proceeding.

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