Pastor Admits Apologising To Complainant

He said rumours about his alleged offences was rife, maintaining that he did not commit them.
10 Oct 2020 12:16
Pastor Admits Apologising To Complainant
Waisake Tulavu outside the High Court in Suva on October 7, 2020. Photo: Ashna Kumar

Rape accused Pastor Waisake Tulavu admitted apologising to the third complainant in his case, but he only did so to clear rumours of his alleged actions.

The Agape Healing Church Ministry pastor made the statement during his trial yesterday before Justice Daniel Goundar at the High Court in Suva.

Tulavu continued his defence evidence.

He said rumours about his alleged offences was rife, maintaining that he did not commit them.

Tulavu said that that he only wanted to tell the complainant that what she had claimed was false, and it did not happen.

He told the court that he agreed telling the complainants that they had to be delivered. He clarified that by deliverance, he meant to be prayed over.

Tulavu agreed to the facts of the case that he had provided protection, guidance and teachings to the complainants.

He said that it was the same process for all the church members, and not only the three complainants.

Tulavu said that he was told by the first and second complainants of claims about a curse on them, and he had believed them.

He told the court that the first complainant had stayed over at the church at her own free will.

Tulavu was further remanded in custody.

He is charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.

It is alleged that between May 11 and September 15, 2018, at Nasinu, while the women were members of the Agape Healing Church Ministry, Tulavu allegedly raped this three women.

Tulavu is represented by counsels Sokoveti Daunivesi, Talei Kean and Epeli Sau from the Legal Aid Commission.

Prosecution represented by counsels Sadaf Shameem and Unaisi Tamanikayaroi from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra



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