Ex-Pastor Blamed for Sex Assault

Fiji Times
August 22, 2008

A FORMER Pentecostal Church pastor is being investigated for an alleged claim of indecent assault against a patient admitted in hospital last week.

Although divisional crime officer northern Luke Rawalai said they have not received a report, police sources said yesterday that a report was lodged and being investigated by a group of Criminal Investigation Department officers in Labasa.

It is understood the patient, a woman in her 40s, was admitted at the women's ward of the Labasa Hospital with a fractured ankle.

That is when the former church pastor paid her a visit while she was asleep. The former pastor usually visited Labasa Hospital to pray for patients and massage them.

According to police sources, the victim was the last patient the former pastor visited. It is understood that after the former pastor left, the woman woke up and found herself wet and the buttons of her top unbuttoned.

She asked the nurses who visited her last and when being told, shared her experience with them which led to the police complaint. Hospital general manager Dr Samuela Korovou preferred not to comment.


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