Witness says she consented to the acts

By: Filipe Naikaso

 

Screen shot 2017-06-15 at 7.07.15 PMThe fourth state witness in the trial of the “Jezreel Lion of Judah” Church leader – Jone Cokanauto has stated that she consented to the alleged incident.

The victim who is also the last state witness was cross examined by the Defence Counsel.

The high profile case of Pastor Jone Cokanauto entered its 5th day with the defence counsel cross-examing the fourth state witness.

Defence counsel – Simione Valenitabua asked the witness if she had consented out of her own belief, to the alleged incident that happened in 2008.

The witness replied saying yes.

Valenitabua also asked the witness if she had consented or allowed this to happen, because of her own interpretation of the teachings of Jone Cokanauto.

She replied yes.

The victim also stated that she consented to Cokanauto kissing her and performing a sexual act on her.

She also told that court that Cokanauto did not attempt to rape her.

The defence counsel then put it to the witness that nothing happened on that particular day in Nadera.

The witness replied saying that she is not sure.

She also said that her consent was based on her own interpretation of the sermon given by Cokanauto about the Samaritan woman at the well.

Upon re-exmaination, Prosecution laywer Meli Vosawale then asked the witness what was her reasons for consenting.

She told the court that she gave her consent, because she wanted to be redeemed.

Vosawale also asked the witness why it was only Jone Cokanauto who was redeeming the members.

The witness replied, that it was because, he was a man of God.

55 year old Cokanauto is charged with 5 counts of rape, 1 count of attempted rape and 4 counts of indecent assault.

The trial continues tomorrow.

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