- Controversial Pastor Timothy Omotoso's attempt at a bail appeal has failed
- Omotoso has nearly 100 charges against him and has been denied bail on 3 previous occasions
- Omotoso's co-accused are out on bail but the State believes that he is not only a flight risk but that he may evade trial
Controversial Pastor Timothy Omotoso's bail appeal attempt has failed, once again. Omotoso attempted to appeal Judge Philip Zilwa's ruling which refused to grant him bail at the High Court in Port Elizabeth.
Omotoso was subsequently denied. The Nigerian-televangelist has been denied bail three previous times since his arrest in 2017. Two of his co-accused, Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho, are out on bail.
The state believes that Omotoso is not only a flight risk but that he may evade trial if he were to be granted bail.
According to the SABC, Defence Advocate Terry Price argued at Omotoso’s last court appearance that delays, in this case, are unjustifiable as it's been ongoing for three and a half years. While eNCA reported that his family has accused the courts of being biased and robbing the accused of his freedom.
Take a look at the SABC's tweet with the news below:
Briefly.co.za previously reported on Omotoso after his family became furious that the court denied him bail. His family are reportedly furious and have accused the court of being thieves by robbing him of his freedom.
This after he was denied bail in the Port Elizabeth High Court. This is the third time Omotoso has been denied bail since his arrest. Omotoso faces 97 charges including rape, sexual assault and human trafficking.
He was arrested in 2017 and has been behind bars ever since. The 62-year-old has tried applying for bail in the past but his attempts were denied by the courts. A video of the leader of the ANC's Women's League's Bathabile Dlamini dancing outside the PE High Court after the ruling was shared to Twitter.
@KennedyChapwan1 wrote in response to the ruling:
"Any man who does not respect the rights of women must rot in jail. Women are not tools of pleasure for men but human beings with the same rights as men. Lock such abusive men and throw the only key in the ocean."
"Mahn I love who ever is handling that case."
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