Pas­tor Stabbed at Home Try­ing To Save Homes­tayer

Fiji Sun - - Nation - CHARLES CHAM­BERS charles.cham­bers@fi­jisun.com.fj

Po­lice have con­firmed that a church pas­tor was stabbed three times by an in­truder and his ac­com­plice in­side his home when he con­fronted them try­ing to rob a Ja­panese homes­tayer in an­other room. Pas­tor Maciu Cere­wale, 43, who is at­tached to the Chil­dren’s Min­istry of the Assem­blies of God Church, is still ad­mit­ted at the Lautoka Hos­pi­tal. He re­ceived two stab wounds on his chest and an­other on his side from a knife be­lieved to have been lifted from the kitchen.

Po­lice said the in­ci­dent hap­pened just af­ter mid­night at Pas­tor Cere­wale’s res­i­dence on Vomo Street at Drasa Vi­togo, Lautoka. He was in his room us­ing his lap­top with an ear­piece and could not hear the in­trud­ers break in. Af­ter they broke in, the in­trud­ers made their way to the homes­tayer’s room where they tried to rob him, but a scuf­fle broke out. Pas­tor Cere­wale then heard screams of the Ja­panese homes­tayer and rushed into the room where he con­fronted and punched one of the in­trud­ers. The sec­ond stabbed him and the pair fled af­ter Pas­tor Cere­wale’s fam­ily, who were in the house as well, started scream­ing. A fam­ily mem­ber, who did not wish to be named said the in­trud­ers did not take any­thing with them.

Po­lice are still con­duct­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions and are in the pro­cess­ing of in­ter­view­ing Pas­tor Cere­wale. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Pas­tor Cere­wale’s sit­ting room (top flat right side), where the two in­trud­ers gained en­try from.

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