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Pastor Allegedly Raped on the Pretence of Women Deliverance, Court Hears

Tulavu is also jointly charged with Sakiusa Nakutoro with a count of rape involving a 29-year-old woman which is alleged to have happened on September 15, 2018.
14 Mar 2019 15:59
Pastor Allegedly Raped on the Pretence of Women Deliverance, Court Hears
Waisake Tulavu (with necktie) and Sakiusa Nakutoro outside the High Court in Suva on March 11, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A Pastor facing rape and sexual assault charges has been remanded by the Suva High Court with a pending bail hearing set for tomorrow.

Waisake Tulavu appeared before Judge Justice Daniel Goundar yesterday.

Tulavu faces four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman and a 32-year-old woman, which are alleged to have happened on May 11, 2018 and on September 15, 2018.

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

State prosecutor from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Lavenia Bogitini told the court that the bail application response of the State is that it has objected to the bail of Tulavu.

She told the court that the main reason for the objection was the possibility of interference between the accused and the state witnesses.

She told the court that Tulavu was a senior Church Pastor of a Church based in Cunningham, Nasinu and he wished to continue with his duties after he was granted bail.

Ms Bogitini told the court that the alleged offences were committed by the accused under the pretence that it would bring deliverance because the complainants believed in the concept.

She highlighted to the court that the Church had over 80 members in the Ministry and not only that Tulavu was a Senior Pastor but the members of the congregation believed that he had healing abilities.

Ms Bogitini also told the court that the state had three complainants but there is a possibility of more complainants to come forth.

Defence lawyer Tobia Ravuniwa told the court that there was no evidence in court to show that the accused will not appear on his court dates.

He also told the court that there was no evidence against the accused that if granted bail, he would endanger members of the public.

The case was adjourned for bail hearing for Tulavu tomorrow.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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