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Judge: File Information Or Case Will Be Dismissed

This is after the State prosecutor from the ODPP yesterday filed and served the disclosures, but sought for time to file the information related to the charges.
27 Mar 2019 12:56
Judge: File Information Or Case Will Be Dismissed
Waisake Tulavu (with necktie) and Sakiusa Nakutoro outside the High Court in Suva on March 11, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The High Court in Suva has ordered the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) to file information on a rape case within the next 21 days or risk having the case dismissed.

The order came from Justice Daniel Goundar in the matter of a pastor and a senior church member facing rape charges.

This is after the State prosecutor from the ODPP yesterday filed and served the disclosures, but sought for time to file the information related to the charges.

Justice Goundar said this was the final 21 days being given to the prosecution to file the information or he would dismiss the case.

Pastor Waisake Tulavu and senior church member Sakiusa Nakutoro appeared before Justice Goundar yesterday.

The ODPP sought time to file information on the grounds that it had yet to confirm their position in regards to Nakutoro, who opted to be a State witness in the matter.

The prosecutor also told the court that the officer in carriage of the case had gone to Naitasiri to meet the complainants, however, she was only able to meet one of them.

The prosecutor told the court that officers would make another trip to Naitasiri to meet the other complainants in the matter.

The matter was adjourned to April 29 for plea.

Nakutoro’s bail was extended while Tulavu was further remanded in custody.

The charges

On the first count, on May 11 in Nasinu, Tulavu allegedly performed a sexual act on a 22-year-old woman without her consent.

On the second count of rape, it is alleged that on the same day, Tulavu again performed a sexual act on the 22-year-old complainant without her consent.

On the third count, on the same day, Tulavu allegedly performed a sexual act on the 22-year-old complainant without her consent – for the third time.

In another alleged incident on June 16, Tulavu and Nakutoro allegedly raped a 29-year-old woman in Nasinu.

It is also alleged that Tulavu unlawfully and indecently performed a sexual act on a 32-year-old woman.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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