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Reverend's fate to be known next week

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, November 10, 2012

THE fate of All Nations Christian Fellowship church leader Reverend Epeli Ratabacaca will be known next Wednesday.

In his mitigation submission to the High Court in Suva yesterday, defence lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo asked the court for a one to three years imprisonment term for his client.

Mr Vosarogo said the other option the court could consider was a bound over sentence with strict conditions imposed.

He asked the court to take into consideration Ratabacaca's age and health. Ratabacaca was found guilty of one count of sexual assault by two of the three assessors on Thursday.

He appeared before judge Justice Paul Madigan yesterday.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) lawyer, Lisiate Fotofili highlighted the aggravating factors and emphasised that there was a breach of trust. He told the court that in this case the woman had gone to Ratabacaca for help.

Mr Fotofili said the victim was an outpatient at St Giles Hospital and acts done were planned and money was offered to the victim.

Justice Madigan said he would need time to deliberate on the submissions by the State and defence lawyers.

Ratabacaca will be sentenced at 8:30am next Wednesday.