Murder: Rosselloty shifts the blame

2012-02-15 00:00

GERALD Rosselloty ignored warnings by firemen and ran into his burning Hilton simplex to check if his girlfriend, Nokwazi Ntuli, and another man staying there that night were inside.

He gave this evidence yesterday, denying all knowledge of the arson and murder charges facing him.

Ntuli’s charred remains were found on a mattress about three kilometres from the scene of the fire, which broke out in Rosselloty’s complex, 13 Callanish, in Monzali Drive in Hilton in the early hours of April 17, 2010.

Rosselloty was arrested within hours of the discovery of the body and the fire. He said he did not know how the fire started or how Ntuli (also known as Sticks) ended up dead.

He said police evidence that Ntuli had charged him with assault the week before the fire and that he’d burnt her property in a kettle braai was inaccurate. Instead, he had called the police and asked them to remove Ntuli after they’d had a “drink-related” argument, he said.

He said Warrant Officer Andrew Jackson persuaded him to give Ntuli R50 for her taxi fare to Greytown where she lived, although he did not want to.

Rosselloty and Ntuli thereafter remained “cross” with one another, but a few days before the fire Ntuli contacted him and said she was on her way to Pietermaritzburg. She wanted her cellphone and he arranged to take it to her in East (Masukwana) Street.

When they met she had “softened” towards him and ended up returning with him to Hilton where she stayed over.

On April 16 — the day prior to the incident — Rosselloty said he was at Grey’s Hospital with his “other girlfriend” (Jo) for the birth of their son.

When he came back from the hospital he had sent e-mails and posted messages on Facebook and then he and Ntuli “celebrated” by drinking.

They were joined by his former “induna”, Lucky, who arrived to congratulate him.

Rosselloty said while on a phone call he heard breaking glass and found Ntuli lying on the floor. He assumed “something had taken place” between her and Lucky and as a result he had hit Lucky “quite a few times”.

Ntuli was “moaning softly” and he had helped her to the bedroom and offered to call a doctor. But, he said, she was all right, got into bed and went to sleep.

Rosselloty said that after drinking a while longer Lucky went to sleep in the spare room and he lay down with Ntuli.

He next recalled being woken by sound of a phone ringing. He discovered he was sitting in his bakkie parked in a “dark, misty place” in Hilton.

The call was from a neighbour telling him his house was on fire.

Rosselloty said he had lied to the caller that he was in the New Hanover en route to the Mighty Men conference because he was expected to be going there. He said he drove the short distance home, stopping at a garage because he “didn’t feel well”.

At the scene of the fire he had entered the burning house in spite of instructions by the firemen not to do so, but did not find any bodies inside.

The case has been postponed to April 2 for cross-examination of Rosselloty.

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