January 26, 2005

Flock in shock over 'gang pastor's affair'

Cape Flats

January 26, 2005

By Mzolisi Witbooi

Members of a Cape Flats congregation were shocked by evidence in the Blue Downs Magistrates Court that their pastor had had an adulterous affair with a married woman and is considered a leader in the Americans gang.

In his testimony opposing bail yesterday, investigating officer Captain Henrich Cockrill said pastor Albern Martins, 47, who with two others faces charges of illegally possessing abalone with the street value of R7 million and stolen goods worth R75 000, had had an affair with a married woman who had now turned State witness.

There were loud gasps from people in court, which included members of Martins's congregation.

But before he could continue, Cockrill was stopped by Martins's legal team, attorney Noorudien Hassan and advocate William King, from disclosing any details of the couple's affair unless they were a relevant part of his testimony.

Posted by kshaw at January 26, 2005 07:28 AM