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Woman: Had To Strip Before Pastor Cokanauto To Regain Her Purity

Woman: Had To Strip Before Pastor Cokanauto To Regain Her Purity
Pastor Jone Cokanauto
June 17
11:54 2017

A32-year-old woman who was the fourth complainant gave evidence at the High Court in Suva yesterday against Pastor Jone Cokanauto of Jezreel Lion of Judah church.

She told the court that Cokanauto allegedly prayed over her private parts to commit them to God.

“Because I had never been with a man and in Taveuni I was almost seduced by one, I felt I had defiled that purity and I needed to be redeemed,” she said.

Charge

Cokanauto is charged with three counts each of rape of the first woman which is alleged to have happened between February 1, 2005 and December 31, 2006 at Taveuni and Nadera.

Cokanauto is again charged with a count each of rape and indecent assault of the second woman which is alleged to have happened between January 1, 2006 and July 31, 2012 at Taveuni and Nadera.

Cokanauto is further charged with a count each of rape and indecent assault of the third woman which is alleged to have happened between November 1, 2005 and December 31, 2005 at Nasinu.

He is also charged with a count of attempted rape and two counts of indecent assault of the fourth woman which is alleged to have happened between February 1, 2006 and February 28, 2006 at Nadera.

Prosecution witness four: fourth alleged victim

The fourth woman, who is a bank officer, told the court that she had joined the church in 2005 after attending a prayer meeting at her friend’s house in which the preacher was Cokanauto.

She was 20-years-old at the time of the alleged incident. She said: “I felt the spirit of God upon me and it wasn’t something I had felt before.

“The message at the prayer meeting was about the wisdom of the Lord and of the world.”

State prosecutor Meli Vosawale asked the fourth woman what happened in 2006 on the day of the alleged incident.

She told the court that she and two other girls had gone to Nadera after school as she wanted to be prayed over.

The fourth woman said: “We sat in the sitting room while Cokanauto was sharing with us and encouraging us with our school and spiritual life.

“Then we had to go one by one to the room to be prayed over.”

She further told the court that she was the second person to go into the room and when she entered, Cokanauto was sitting on the bed and she sat on the floor and talked to him.

The fourth woman said: “I told him about something that happened between myself and another guy in Taveuni and that I felt guilty about it and he consoled me.

“He hugged me and prayed for me.”

She further told the court that Cokanauto told her that she had to take her clothes off.

Mr Vosawale asked the fourth women what was the reason Cokanauto asked her to remove her clothes.

She said: “To pray over my private parts to commit it to God.

“Because I had never been with a man and in Taveuni I was almost seduced by one, I felt I had defiled that purity and I needed to be redeemed.”

She informed the court that it was one of Cokanauto’s spiritual teachings and that she believed she had to be redeemed by him.

The fourth women said: “He tried to put his index finger inside but it couldn’t fit so he only used his pinky finger.

“I had to lie down on the bed and he laid on top of me and prayed for me. “He just rubbed himself on to me so that a little bit of his semen would seep into me.”

She told the court that he had also kissed her and at that time she believed that she was being redeemed.

When Mr Vosawale asked her why she had allowed the alleged act, she told the court that she felt it had to be done.

“It had to be done for me to be able to regain my purity.

“If I give my all to Jesus, I would never go thirsty again.”

She further told the court that Cokanauto represented Jesus and that his semen represented the water of life.

“When I get his semen then I would be redeemed,” the fourth woman said.

It was highlighted by her that Cokanauto prayed over her so that the only person she would have sex with would be her husband.

While giving evidence the fourth women was very emotional as she was in tears recalling the alleged acts.

She will be cross-examined by defence counsel Semi Valenitabua on Monday.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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