Port Elizabeth - The defence in the human trafficking trial of Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso argued that the televangelist and his alleged henchwomen were highly prejudiced because they were unable to raise an alibi with only vague charges against them, the Port Elizabeth High Court heard on Wednesday.
Defence attorney Peter Daubermann brought an application to compel the State to furnish further particulars pertaining to the charge sheet. Daubermann is seeking details like times, dates and places of the alleged offences.
“As the charges stand it is impossible for the accused to raise an alibi because they simply don’t know the dates of an alleged offence. They will be prejudiced if the court does not order further particulars,” Daubermann argued.
Daubermann said that when he cross-examined State witness Cheryl Zondi in the initial trial, before the judge recused himself and it started afresh, he was able to get her to commit to certain time periods. He used an example, that Zondi had claimed Omotoso had raped and sexually abused her at a house in Durban for a certain time period.
However, Daubermann argued that he produced air tickets to the court indicating that Omotoso was in America during the time Zondi alleged he was with her at the house.