Crime & Court

Reverend Mosese Cakau Condemn Tulavu’s Action

Assemblies of God general superintendent, Reverend Mosese Cakau, on behalf of the Church and its members, has apologised to three victims who were raped and sexually assaulted by Agape Healing
20 Oct 2020 11:30
Reverend Mosese Cakau Condemn Tulavu’s Action
Agape Healing Ministry Church Pastor Waisake Tulavu. Photo: Ashna Kumar

Assemblies of God general superintendent, Reverend Mosese Cakau, on behalf of the Church and its members, has apologised to three victims who were raped and sexually assaulted by Agape Healing Ministry Church Pastor, Waisake Tulavu.

Tulavu, 48, yesterday appeared before Judge Justice Daniel Goundar for the victims’ impact statement, sentencing hearing and mitigation.

The father-of-three children now stands convicted of four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.

Between May 11 and September 15, 2018, at Nasinu, Tulavu raped three women and sexually assaulted one of the victims.

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

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

AOG’s Stand:

Reverend Cakau told the court that the Church did not condone these actions and did not embrace these teachings.

He told the court that the actions conducted by Tulavu were his own and not of the AOG Church in Fiji or worldwide.

He told the court that the teachings of deliverance by Tulavu were unscriptural and unbiblical.

Reverend Cakau said that these would be the hard time for the victims and asked on behalf of the Church for forgiveness for what they had endured.

Victim Impact Statement:

The first victim took stand once again and relayed to the court that the incidents and offences done to her by Tulavu had ruined her life.

The victim told the court that she was mocked by the villagers after the incident.

She also told the court that her family did not support or trust her and left her alone.

She also told the court that she had no trust in Church leaders anymore and could not accept to believe what Pastor Tulavu had done to her.

The second victim told the court that after the incident, she had stopped going to the church.

She told the court that she was mocked and was a joke among her friends and villagers.

She told the court that people would say to her to “come here and I will deliver you”.

She turned to Tulavu and said to him that after all he had done to her, she declared him to be guilty for the rest of his life.

The third victim told the court that the villagers used to laugh at her and say things to her, Youths and church members used to make fun of her.

She also told the court that the incidents were fresh in her mind as she would sit at home and always think of what Pastor Tulavu had done to her.

Mitigation:

In Mitigation, lawyer, Ms Daunivesi told the court that Tulavu had three children aged 21, 15 and a five-year-old.

She also sought for the court to consider that Tulavu was a first offender and had the ability to rehabilitate and reform himself.

Ms Daunivesi also told the court to consider that Tulavu had been in remand custody since December 2018 which was a period of one year, 10 months and nine days.

She also submitted Tulavu’s previous good character to be considered by the court.

Sentencing submission:

State councel, Ms Shameem, has strongly objected for the court to accept Tulavu’s previous good character and told the court that it was of no value.

She also told the court that these victims were continuing to suffer in the pain and hurt caused by Tulavu.

Tulavu will be sentenced this Friday.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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