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Husband tells of anger, shock at assault

Mere Naleba
Tuesday, November 06, 2012

THE husband of the woman that had filed a court case against All Nations Church leader Reverend Epeli Ratabacaca was cross-examined yesterday as the hearing entered its third day.

Mr Ratabacaca appeared before high court judge Justice Paul Madigan in the High Court in Suva, facing charges of one count of indecent assault and two counts of rape. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

The man told the court that his wife only informed him of the alleged sexual assault on July 15 last year, and then later followed him to his workplace to tell him that what she had told him that morning was a joke.

He claims that his wife was sexually assaulted by the accused on three occasions — on June 15,16 and 17.

Mr Ratabacaca's lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo questioned the witness if he was angry after his wife informed him that she was sexually assaulted by his client, to which he replied he was angry and also shocked by the news but confronting the accused never crossed his mind.

The man said after so many deliberations with his wife, they then proceeded to lodge a complaint with the police on July 19 the same year. When asked by Mr Vosarogo on why it took them so long to report the matter to police, the man replied that he was still in a state of shock and it took him three days to actually come to terms with the news. He was then questioned if his wife ever showed him money that she was allegedly given to her by the accused, and responded that he did not see how much she was given on their alleged first meeting because she had done some shopping.

"I put it to you that no sexual assault was ever inflicted on your wife by the defendant," Mr Vosarogo said, to which the witness replied: "He had committed those assaults".

Mr Vosarogo asked if the man and wife were making up allegations levelled against the defendant.

The man said Mr Vosarogo's statement was incorrect and that the allegations had happened as he had stated.


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