THE trial of Pastor Timothy Omotoso has been postponed pending the outcome of his petition to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Omotoso and his co-accused Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho briefly appeared in the Port Elizabeth High Court yesterday.

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Prosecutor Advocate Nceba Ntelwa asked the court to postpone the matter to 21 October pending the decision.

Omotoso and his co-accused applied for leave to appeal Judge Irma Schoeman’s decision to allow the trial to be heard in Port Elizabeth.

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In August, Schoeman turned down the defence’s application for leave to appeal her decision challenging the court’s jurisdiction and centralisation of charges against the trio. She said she was dismissing the application because the charge sheet had enough information for the defence’s preparations.

She said the accused knew about the charges in the previous case presided by Judge Mandela Makaula and had proceeded without any appeal.

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The trio face a total of 97 charges ranging from human trafficking, rape and sexual assault.