Agape Ministries cult leader Rocco Leo wanted for assault

Runaway Agape cult leader Rocco Leo assaulted the estanged husband of one of his church members at Adelaide Airport less than a month before his doomsday cult was raided by police, a court has heard.

Magistrate Lydia Makiv issued an arrest warrant for Leo – who failed to appear at today’s scheduled hearing – before recalling it to allow his lawyers to argue against it tomorrow.

Leo, 54, has been charged with assault after allegedly attacking Philip Arbon, the estranged husband of one of his parishoners, at Adelaide Airport in April.

The Holden Hill Magistrates Court today heard Leo also smashed Mr Arbon’s camera, causing about $3000 damage, before going to police and and making a false report that Mr Arbon was the instigator of the attack.
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In documents tendered to the court, Senior Constable Kevin Fulcher says Leo is under investigation by police for fraud and is in hiding.
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– Source / Full Story: Agape cult leader Rocco Leo wanted for assault , Kent McGregor, AdelaideNow.com, Sep. 28, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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