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Omotoso to spend sixth Christmas behind bars


Rape and human trafficking accused Pastor Timothy Omotoso will spend another Christmas in jail.

This comes after his application for special entries to be made into the court record was postponed on Wednesday.

Omotoso and his co-accused Zukiswa Sitho and Lusanda Sulani have been charged with more than 30 criminal counts, that include rape and sexual assault.

Their attorney Peter Daubermann wants to bring an application for the special entries to be made on the court record, in terms of Section 317(1) of the Criminal Procedure Act.

According to Daubermann, the entries pertain to alleged irregularities and illegalities by the state.

It seeks to include allegations that some state witnesses were suborned to commit perjury during the trial.

Daubermann said the state failed to investigate whether the former state prosecutor, Advocate Nceba Ntelwa suborned witnesses to perjure themselves, inter-alia by calling seven prosecutors to testify under oath, subject to cross-examination.

He also said the state failed to investigate Ntelwa's conduct in forming a Whatsapp group in which he communicated with the complainants.

In October, a Section 174 application to have the charges dropped against the accused was unsuccessful.

The application will be brought before court on 16 January 2024.

Also read:Omotoso trial: Acquittal application dismissed