Alleged serial fraudster’s lawyer recuses self

2016-04-20 11:52
‘Chief Apostle Lerlin Jackquelene Williams Goss’ aka Lerlin Goss

‘Chief Apostle Lerlin Jackquelene Williams Goss’ aka Lerlin Goss (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - In a surprise move, the lawyer representing alleged serial fraudster Lerlin Goss asked to recuse himself from the case.

Goss’s lawyer Mlungisi Mbokazi yesterday told a Pietermaritzburg magistrate that he could not continue to represent Goss because of a conflict of interest, further requesting that his reasons remain “privileged”.

Goss stands accused of allegedly running a fake business empire in real estate, allegedly issuing fake cheques and allegedly setting up a fake church. Goss was due to stand trial yesterday after she was arrested in December last year for allegedly conning a Pietermaritzburg company out of two air-conditioning units.

Yesterday, Goss stood undeterred, adorned in white clothing with her hair neatly tied back with a white band, as Mbokazi explained why he could no longer represent her.

After a two-hour cat-and-mouse game between the state prosecutor and Mbokazi — who would disappear and return to the court room before disappearing again — he finally stood before the court and said the conflict of interest had arisen from “articles in the media”.

Earlier this year, when The Witness exposed Goss for running an allegedly sham church known as Grace Divine Ministries, Mbokazi called and threatened to sue The Witness and then later claimed he could not remember making the phone call.

It is believed Mbokazi was referring to this when citing the conflict of interest. Mbokazi said the matter has now been taken up to the Law Society, rendering his representation of Goss “unprofessional and unethical”.

When asked if she wanted Mbokazi to be excused of his legal duties, Goss calmly replied “yes” and said she will get another attorney from a different firm.

A decision was made to postpone the trial until April 22 for Goss to find new legal representation. Mbokazi was instructed to remain on the record as her lawyer until then.


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