November 18, 2005

Priest's appeal against rape convictions thrown out


Nov 18 2005

A HINDU priest serving nine years for raping a woman from his temple has had his appeal against the conviction thrown out.

Ramanathan Somanathan, 42, of Colvin Road, Thornton Heath, lodged an appeal against the guilty verdict at his trial, saying that the jury heard evidence from two women about sexual advances he made towards them which made the conviction unsafe.

However, Lord Justice Kennedy, sitting at London's Appeal Court with Mr Justice Bell and Mrs Justice Dobbs, threw the case out saying Somanathan could have no valid complaint.

Posted by kshaw at November 18, 2005 04:05 PM