26 Jun 2017

Fiji pastor guilty of multiple sex offences

1:44 pm on 26 June 2017

A Fijian pastor has been found guilty of rape and other sex offences.

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Jone Cokanauto was alleged to have raped and assaulted four women over several years while he claimed to be acting on behalf of God.

The Fiji Sun reported large crowds gathered outside the Suva High Court as Justice Salesi Temo delivered the judgement.

Cokanauto, who leads the Jezreel Lion of Judah church, was found guilty of all ten counts of rape, indecent assault and attempted rape.

The verdict came after three assessors came back with a mixed opinion on Friday.

Cokanauto is to be sentenced tomorrow.