Rosselloty guilty of rape, murder

Durban - The man accused of raping a six-year-old girl and murdering his girlfriend has been found guilty in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday.

Gerald Rosselloty, who defended himself claiming his State-appointed counsel was incompetent and did not follow his instructions, would be sentenced on Wednesday.

Gerald Rosselloty has been found guilty of the rape of a six-year-old girl and the murder of his girlfriend. Picture: Shan Pillay. Credit: INLSA

Rosselloty was convicted of raping the girl in 2006 and murdering his girlfriend Nokwazi Ntuli on April 17, 2010.

He was also found guilty of arson, having set fire to the simplex where he murdered Ntuli.

Ntuli's burnt body was found on a mattress two kilometres from where Rosselloty was staying at the time.

Judge Rishi Seegobin said Rosselloty was a perverted liar, as he tried to deceive the court and had not set out a defence, but rather tried to counter evidence as it was presented.

He said evidence regarding the rape of the six-year-old girl pointed to Rosselloty, 40.

Prosecutor Dorian Paver said Rosselloty's previous convictions would militate against any finding that he had prospects of rehabilitation.

Rosselloty had previously been convicted of rape and robbery in 1993, possession of drugs in 2002, drunk driving in 2004, and two counts of aggravated assault in 2005.

Rosselloty told Seegobin alcohol had changed his nature. - Sapa