Clergyman acquitted of indecent assault


A clergyman has been cleared of indecently assaulting a young parishioner.

Verghese Souri, 51, had been on trial in the Wellington District Court earlier this week.

He was said to have touched the complainant’s breasts before a Sunday service in May last year.

However, a jury acquitted him at the end of the trial.

Strict suppression orders* surrounding the case prevent the name of the church or the age of the complainant being revealed.

Fair is fair, I like to highlight these terrible predators in religion and education, but if the jury says ‘not guilty’, I owe them this follow-up.   Mr Souri has been cleared of all charges.


*NOTICE do not speculate, reveal, hint, link or otherwise cover any material that is likely to breach the suppression order.  Doing so deliberately results in a life-time ban, accidentally leads to a long spell in the sin bin.

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