Woman admits bribery in sexual assault case

November 19, 2014 | By More

Law books02A woman has halted her jury trial on a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice by bribery, by pleading guilty at the start of the second day.

Judge Paul Kellar remanded 35-year-old wife and mother Silulu Lagi Pesefea on bail for sentence on December 23, and ordered a pre-sentence report to cover her suitability for home detention.

He refused an application by defence counsel Andrew McCormick for her to be granted name suppression because publication would “cause embarrassment and add to her stress”.

The trial began before a Christchurch District Court jury yesterday, with an allegation from another woman that Pesefea had telephoned and offered her money to get the woman’s teenage daughter to drop a sexual assault complaint against Pesefea’s husband.

The husband has since been convicted on a charge of attempted rape and is in custody facing sentence on December 18. Judge Kellar said it was likely he would receive a lengthy term of imprisonment.

Silulu Pesefea admitted that the offence of wilfully attempting to pervert the course of justice occurred in March 2012 when she was living in Aranui.

After hearing the suppression application, Judge Kellar told her: “I accept that you have been under considerable stress and anxiety but that is not sufficient to displace the presumption in favour of open reporting.”


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