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Jury told accused priest threw out pills

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February 13, 2018

Russian Orthodox priest Stanislav Vakhabov is on trial for allegedly molesting a boy. (file).

A Russian Orthodox priest accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy threw out a rubbish bag containing tablets after he was questioned by police, a Sydney jury has been told.

Stanislav Vakhabov, known as Father Christopher, has pleaded not guilty to detaining the boy for his own sexual gratification, giving him intoxicating substances to make it easier to have unlawful sexual activity and four counts of indecent assault in 2014

Giving evidence on Tuesday at the 35-year-old's District Court trial, Deacon Ivan Bots said Vakhabov phoned him about midnight to say he had just got back from the police station after being interrogated.

When the priest came outside with a rubbish bag he said contained tablets, Mr Bots said he told Vakhabov "that maybe that packet should not be placed in the rubbish bin because that package could compromise the church".

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