The trial against Nigerian televangelist, Timothy Omotoso has suffered yet another postponement for consideration after Omotoso’s defence, led by the infamous Advocate Peter Daubermann, launched a bid to have most of the 97 charges he faces dealt with in the different cities the respective crimes were allegedly committed.
Concise News reports that since the rape and human trafficking trial against the leader of the Jesus Dominion International Church and the two co-accused, Zukiswa Sitho and Lusanda Sulani returned to the Port Elizabeth High Court’s role, it has been characterized by delays.
The arguments: Both sides of the coin Proceedings started on Monday morning with the defence lodging an application to appeal Judge Irma Schoeman’s decision to dismiss the attempt to have the charges against the Ibadan-born preacher and co. reduced.
Daubermann’s contention, for the most part, has been centred around the lack of sufficient information on the charge sheets and that some of the 97 charges are not accompanied by corresponding information such as where the crime occurred and what the nature of the charge is.
He argued that the authorisation of the centralisation of multiple charges that was signed off by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA’s) former National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams, was invalid.
The States’ Nceba Ntelwa, on the contrary, countered Daubermann’s submissions by stating that, according to the Supreme Court of Appeals Act, there is no reason why the charge details listed in the charge sheet needed to be replicated in the certificate of authorisation.
Ntwela rubbished Daubermann’s appeal as another delay tactic and pleaded with Judge Schoeman to throw it away.
After hearing both arguments, the judge noted that proceedings will continue on Wednesday, 14 August, where she will rule on the defence’s appeal.
Omotoso is a music director for Ebenezer Obey’s Decross Band & Inter Reformers’ Band in the 80s.
If the court finds that the allegation of sex with minors is true, he will be convicted of statutory rape regardless if the act was consensual or not and he may face a life behind bars.
He is alleged to have serially abused people over a period of time and shielded his acts behind the pulpit.
Over 30 young girls have come forward to detail their experiences at the hand of the alleged sexual predator.