Rosselloty says his sentence is too harsh

2015-06-22 10:50
Convicted killer/rapist Gerald Rosselloty.

Convicted killer/rapist Gerald Rosselloty. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - One of Pietermaritzburg’s most notorious killers, Gerald Rosselloty, who is serving two life sentences plus 15 years in prison, believes his sentences are too harsh and ought to be reduced.

He suggests that 20 years would be a more appropriate sentence as this would “rehabilitate” him.

Rosselloty has petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeals for leave to appeal against his sentences for rape, murder and arson.

He is also asking for leave to appeal against his conviction for the rape of a six-year-old child.

He has asked the court to condone the late filing of the application, saying that the delay was due to the fact that he has insufficient knowledge “when it comes to applications of this nature”. He said it was always his intention to “take the matter further”, but he has only now been assisted to file the application (by Legal Aid).

The state is opposing the application.

Rosselloty was sentenced by Judge Rishi Seegobin on December 12, 2012, for what state advocate Dorian Paver at the time referred to as “monstrous crimes”.

He was found guilty of murdering his former lover, Nokwazi Ntuli, in a “brutal and savage” manner by beating and strangling her at the Hilton complex where he was living in April 2010. He then drove her body to a plantation and set fire to it on a mattress.

Evidence revealed that at the time the murder was taking place, Rosselloty’s other girlfriend, Jogayle Wahl, was in hospital giving birth to their baby.

Wahl testified at his trial, describing their relationship as one of being “friends with benefits”. She said she was not jealous and did not give him any ultimatum concerning his relationship with Ntuli.

When he testified in his defence, Rosselloty did an about-turn on his original evidence, in which he had suggested that an ex-employee of his (Lucky Ngcobo) could possibly be the killer.

He later admitted killing Ntuli and setting fire to her body. However, he repeatedly denied he had planned to “get rid” of her. He said he had no need to do so as Wahl had not demanded he choose between them.

“I can have 20 girlfriends and love each of them. That’s how I am,” he testified at his trial.

Rosselloty told the trial judge that he lashed out at Ntuli when they argued that night because he was busy on his computer. He said she fell against a wall and lay on the floor. He carried her to the bedroom, and left her in bed. He then continued drinking.

When he returned to her later, he found she was not breathing. He then rolled her up in a sheet and placed her on a mattress in his bakkie, dropped her off at an isolated spot and set fire to the body. He also admitted he later set fire to his own home.

Throughout his trial, Rosselloty denied the evidence of a young child that he violently raped her in 2006 when she was six years old, and had been left in his care by her mother.

In his petition to the SCA, Rosselloty submits that though the rape had been construed in court as a “violent and painful rape”, when the investigating officer went to hospital, she reported finding the victim “sitting on the floor playing with dolls”.

“This is not consistent with a painful injury or traumatised child,” submits Rosselloty, one of whose life sentences was for the child’s rape.

He said this sentence is “grossly excessive and induces a sense of shock”.

Rosselloty argues that the evidence of the child’s mother should be rejected because she was “an unreliable witness and fabricated evidence” against him.

When passing sentence, Judge Seegobin made it clear that he believed that Rosselloty should not be considered for early parole and said he found him to be incapable of rehabilitation

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