Senior lawyer in Omotoso trial passes away weeks after bail is denied

Senior lawyer in Omotoso trial passes away weeks after bail is denied

- Advocate Zukile Mdolomba, a senior member of the three-member prosecuting team has passed away

- He had successfully argued that Timothy Omotoso's bail application be denied

- Timothy Omotoso is being tried for rape and human trafficking, he had attempted to flee the country to avoid prosecution in 2017

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Advocate Zukile Mdolomba was responsible for arguing against Timothy Omotoso's bail application. The judge dismissed the application after Omotoso's lawyer could not prove that he was not a flight risk.

Mdolomba passed away on Saturday morning, which was confirmed by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Eastern Cape.

He was instrumental in the prosecution which is made of three lawyers who are trying the case of rape and human trafficking against Timothy Omotoso.

It is not clear as to how Mdolomba passed away but the trial was delayed last week after it was alleged that one of the members of the state's legal team had tested positive for Covid-19 according to SABC.

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The NPA is adamant that the trial will continue.

Omtoso's legal team had appealed the ruling by Judge Phillip Zilwa who had denied bail.

With the recent flight of Shepherd Bushiri, the courts may be more hesitant to grant bail.

A senior lawyer in Omotoso trial passes away weeks after bail is denied.

Weeks after being denied bail, a senior prosecutor, Advocate Zukile Mdolomba, has passed away. Photo credit: Photo by Eugene Coetzee/The Herald/Gallo Images/Getty Images
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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.

In other news, Reverend Timothy Omotoso faces charges ranging from assault to human trafficking. He was arrested in 2017 by the Hawks after allegedly trying to flee.

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His family are furious that he has been denied bail and have accused the court of being thieves by robbing him of his freedom.

Omotoso family spokesperson Derrick Mosoana has been very critical of the court for not granting bail.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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