Catholic priest appears in Griffith Local Court to face sexual assault charges

BAIL CONTINUED: Neru Leuea leaves Griffith Local Court on Wednesday. Picture: Stephen Mudd

BAIL CONTINUED: Neru Leuea leaves Griffith Local Court on Wednesday. Picture: Stephen Mudd

NERU Leuea remains on bail after appearing in Griffith Local Court on Wednesday morning.

Leuea, who was wearing a light red shirt and black trousers, sat quietly in court with his hands clasped in his lap.

His solicitor George Rigon told Magistrate Kate Thompson the last part of the brief, an electronic recording of a conversation between the alleged victim and Leuea, was served on Monday.

Magistrate Thompson adjourned the matter until March 16.

After the matter was heard Leuea sat with his hands clasped and his head slightly bowed.

ADJOURNED: Neru Leuea speaks with his solicitor after leaving court.

ADJOURNED: Neru Leuea speaks with his solicitor after leaving court.

He remained in the court for a short time before leaving with his solicitor and speaking with him briefly out the front of the court.

The Catholic priest has been accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl at Griffith more than a decade ago.

The 49-year-old parish priest of St Mel’s in Narrandera – now stood down – was arrested on November 11.

Leuea served as a priest at Leeton from 2001 and then moved to Griffith for two-and-a-half years before taking up a post in the Yenda-Yoogali-Hanwood parish.

He was posted to St Mel’s in October last year against the strong wishes of his Yenda-Yoogali-Hanwood parishioners.

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