4 February 2019 - Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso and his two co-accused appeared for their rape and human trafficking case in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Monday morning. Picture Werner Hills

Tim Omotoso (born Timothy Oluseun Omotoso) the senior pastor of a Jesus Dominion International, based in Durban, South Africa who is facing 63 charges of r_pe, 34 alternative charges, among them, ranging from to s_xual assault, human trafficking and racketeering was back in court on Tuesday to apply for bail.

Omotoso is being co-accused two ladies Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho.

South African media reported that Omotoso, 62, who has been in custody since his April 2017 arrest, is also applying for an inquest to be instituted to establish why his trial has been so delayed since starting two years ago.

On Tuesday, advocate Terry Price SC, for Omotoso, brought the first application for the inquest to ascertain the causes of the delays.

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Judge Phillip Zilwa, who is hearing the three applications, questioned whether he should decide on the inquest application because the criminal case was pending before Schoeman.

Price said it was vital that a determination be made on the granting of an inquest to determine the facts surrounding the delays.

He said this was needed for the defence’s bail argument.

Zilwa said he would deal with the bail application and asked for Price to furnish the state and himself with heads of arguments and other documentation related to the application.-Byo24

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