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Bail For Man, 50, Facing Rape, Assault Charges

His co-accused, church pastor, Waisake Tulavu, 46, will have his bail hearing tomorrow.
12 Mar 2019 10:00
Bail For Man, 50, Facing Rape, Assault Charges
Waisake Tulavu (with necktie) and Sakiusa Nakutoro outside the High Court in Suva on March 11, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A senior member of a Nasinu church, Sakiusa Nakutoro, 50, facing rape and sexual assault charges, was granted bail by the High Court in Suva yesterday.

His co-accused, church pastor, Waisake Tulavu, 46, will have his bail hearing tomorrow.

Tulavu faces four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman and a 32-year- old woman.

These incidents were alleged to have happened on May 11, 2018, and September 15, 2018.

Tulavu and Nakutoro are also jointly charged with another count a rape involving a 29-year- old woman which is alleged to have happened on September 15, 2018.

State prosecutor Rajneel Kumar told the court that there was a likelihood that more charges will be laid against both the accused persons.

He told the court that the State was looking to consolidate the matters and charges and that all the complainants in the matter were over 18 years old.

Mr Kumar also told the court that in the summary of the caution interview, Nakutoro had allegedly admitted that he had raped the complainant on the instructions of the first accused, Tulavu.

Justice Goundar granted bail to Nakutoro in the sum of $500 with strict bail conditions.

He ordered the accused not to reoffend, not to change his residential address, not to go to the church premises, remain on a good behaviour and report to the Nausori Police Station every Saturday between 6am and 6pm.

The matter was adjourned for plea to March 26.

Edited by Percy Kean

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