Pastor advised to lodge complaint against lawyer

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A PASTOR charged with multiple sexual offences was yesterday advised by the court to lodge a complaint against his lawyer with the Chief Registrar’s Office if he wanted to.

Waisake Tulavu, 46, informed the court that the practising licence of the lawyer who was handling his case had expired and he has been missing ever since.

Mr Tulavu said he had paid his lawyer a sum of $5650.

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

The alleged incident took place between May 11, 2018 and September 15, 2018.

He had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The trial date for Mr Tulavu was set to begin by the end of October but Justice Daniel Goundar yesterday vacated his trial after Mr Tulavu told the court that he would be representing himself.

Justice Goundar responded and said it was his role to ensure that he has a fair trial.

The High Court judge also told Mr Tulavu that given the magnitude of the allegations against him, it might not be fair for him to represent himself during the trial.

Justice Goundar also questioned the whereabouts of his lawyer but was told that he had been missing.

He then advised Mr Tulavu to lodge a complaint against the lawyer if he wanted to.

Mr Tulavu’s case has been adjourned to October 21 for mention.

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