Pas­tor in court for al­leged ver­bal abuse

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - Mon­ica Aguilar

An­other pas­tor has made the head­lines. Pas­tor Solomone Vakaruru, of the Chris­tian Mission Fel­low­ship, ap­peared in the Navua Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day charged with one count each of com­mon nui­sance, dan­ger­ous driv­ing and fail­ure to re­port af­ter an ac­ci­dent. It is al­leged Pas­tor Vakaruru, 56, abused a group of Hindu devo­tees dur­ing the Ganesh Ut­sav fes­ti­val in Navua.

A pas­tor ap­peared in the Navua Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day for al­legedly ver­bally abus­ing Hindu devo­tees dur­ing a prayer fes­ti­val. Solomone Vakaruru, 56, is charged with a count each of com­mon nui­sance, dan­ger­ous driv­ing and fail­ure to re­port af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

It is al­leged that on Septem­ber 15, Vakaruru an­noyed par­tic­i­pants dur­ing the Ganesh Ut­sav Fes­ti­val in Navua Town. The case was called be­fore Mag­is­trate Se­nileba Le­vaci.

Vakaruru was granted bail in the sum of $1000 with strict con­di­tions.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Con­sta­ble Riteshni Lata ob­jected to bail on the grounds that the mat­ter was an in­sult of the re­li­gion. Vakaruru was rep­re­sented by a pri­vate lawyer and he pre­sented two sureties.

His bail con­di­tions are that he re­ports to the Navua Po­lice Sta­tion ev­ery fort­night, a cur­few from 6pm to 6am and he is not to in­ter­fere with pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Pas­tor Solomone Vakaruru, 56, (left) is es­corted to the Navua Mag­is­trates Court by Po­lice Con­sta­ble Ravind Prasad yes­ter­day.

Pas­tor Solomone Vakaruru.

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