Crime

‘Sold For Sex’ Trial: Second Witness Finds Teenager Loitering in City

Prosecution’s second witness, Special Constable Kelemedi Roko, told the court that on July 23, 2015, he was based at Totogo Police Station and was on patrol at Suva City.
30 Nov 2019 12:00
‘Sold For Sex’ Trial: Second Witness Finds Teenager Loitering in City
Accused Josevata 'Josie' Werelagi. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The prosecution’s second witness revealed in court that he found the teenager loitering in Suva in July, 2015.

This is in the case of Josevata Werelagi, 35, who appeared before Judge Justice Daniel Goundar.

The accused, also known as Josie, is facing three counts of domestic trafficking in children and one count of aggravated sexual servitude.

Appearing for the prosecution is Lavenia Bogitini and Shirley Tivao while Werelagi is represented by Talei Kean Hughes and Salote Nasedra from the Legal Aid Commission.

Trial day 5:

Prosecution’s second witness, Special Constable Kelemedi Roko, told the court that on July 23, 2015, he was based at Totogo Police Station and was on patrol at Suva City.

He found the 19-year-old girl, who was 15 years old at the time of the alleged offence, loitering in Suva.

He questioned the girl on what she was doing in the city alone at 4 am.

Constable Roko said that the girl told him that she was in town with a friend.

“I questioned her on the reason for her and her friend to be in the city after four in the morning,” he said.

“I was shocked when the girl told me that she had just come back from Pender Court motel with an Indo-Fijian man.”

The girl had informed PC Roko that the person brought her there was like a pimp who would allegedly sell her for sex works.

PC Roko then questioned her age and she replied that she was 15 years old.

He also told the court that the girl did not tell him the name of the person whom she referred to as the pimp, however, they went to look for him but was not found.

The trial continues before Justice Goundar on Monday.

Werelagi has been remanded in custody.

Edited by Percy Kean

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