Call for pastor’s charges be dropped
Lawyer tells court charge sheet against Omotoso is an ‘abomination’
Senior Port Elizabeth advocate Terry Price stepped into the spotlight of the Timothy Omotoso rape case on Thursday when he argued that the charge sheet against him was an abomination – and that charges against the flamboyant Nigerian pastor and his co-accused should be quashed.
Price was arguing two issues in the Port Elizabeth High Court – first, he was appealing Judge Mandela Makaula’s decision not to quash the charges and second, the judge’s refusal to recuse himself from the case.
Before dealing with the two applications brought by Price as senior counsel on behalf of Omotoso’s defence attorney Peter Daubermann, Makaula outlined the specific reasons why he dismissed the initial application to recuse himself.
Makaula said he acted impartially while presiding over the matter, there was no actual bias from him, and that the claim he had already accepted state witness Cheryl Zondi’s evidence was “ridiculous in the extreme”...