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Fijian Pastor Faces Trial For Under-age Sex Charges

Fijian Pastor Faces Trial For Under-age Sex Charges
December 15
11:47 2014

The case of a Fijian church pastor charged with a raft of child sex offences is set to go to trial.

Jone Conikeli, 41, appeared in the Hutt Valley District Court, where Judge Peter Butler permitted him to continue on bail and ordered him to appear in Wellington District Court in March, ahead of a trial.

The pastor was arrested and charged in October in relation to alleged sexual offending against two young girls. One was under 12 and the other under 16 at the time.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges including rape, assault with intent to rape, and indecent assault. Police confiscated his passport to prevent him returning to Fiji.

Conikeli is a pastor at the Wellington chapter of the Kingdom Ambassadors International Fellowship, a splinter group of the All Nations Christian Fellowship (ANCF), which originated in Fiji.

The leader of the ANCF was jailed in Fiji for a sex crime.

Epeli Ratabacaca, was jailed for two years with a non-parole period of 15 months on November 14, 2012, after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman at a spa in Suva.


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