January 25, 2005

Hindu priest is found guilty of rapes

ic Croydon

Jan 25 2005

A HINDU priest has been found guilty of raping a devotee after telling her that she was his wife in a previous existence.

The jury at Croydon Crown Court last Thursday took five hours to decide that Ramanathan Somanathan, 41, the aya of the temple in Thornton Road, Thornton Heath, was guilty of forcing himself on his victim when he went to her new home to say prayers for it in July 2002.

The next year, in November 2003, he went to her house again and raped her a second time.

After the verdict Judge Simon Pratt said: "I ask for the advice of a report targeted towards looking at the future danger or possible future danger this man poses.

Posted by kshaw at January 25, 2005 05:50 PM