Oprah School 'Abuse' Trial Postponed
Jarrett Martineau | April 21, 2008 at 10:52 amby
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A court on Monday postponed the trial of a former dormitory matron accused of abusing pupils at a school set up by Oprah Winfrey for disadvantaged girls.
Magistrate Thelma Simpson agreed to a request made by Tiny Virginia Makopo's lawyer, who said he needed more time to consult with his client.
The judge said a new trial date, likely in July, would be set during a provisional hearing on Friday.
Prosecutor Etienne Venter voiced frustration with the delay, saying the state was ready for the trial.
"We can't keep on dragging and dragging the case," he said.
Makopo has pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent assault, assault and criminal injury. Police say the alleged abuse against six teenage students and a fellow dormitory matron took place over four months.
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