Judge Glen Goosen has dismissed Nigerian Pastor Timothy Omotoso’s bail appeal in the Port Elizabeth High Court.
Omotoso is facing 48 charges of sexual assault, human trafficking, and rape. He also faces five charges of contravening the Immigration Act.
Judge Goosen did not read out his entire judgment in court and only informed the court of his decision to dismiss the appeal.
Omotoso’s defence team was appealing his bail application which was denied in June this year.
The Port Elizabeth High Court was packed to capacity with members of the Jesus Dominion International Church, while some members were singing outside to show support for their pastor.
In his judgment Goosen states that he is not satisfied with the argument made by the defence that Magistrate Thandeka Mashile wrongly exercised her discretion when she refused bail.
He also added that he cannot fault the judgment that the accused has no ties to the country and might evade trial.
Omotoso is set to appear in court next Tuesday for a trial date to be set.