June 25, 2018

UK cult leader guilty of sex assult

A Maoist cult leader used violence, fear and sexual degradation to control women he held prison has been found guilty of a string of sex assaults.

Aravindan Balakrishnan, 75, raped two followers and falsely imprisoned and mistreated his daughter for more than 30 years in a commune in South London.

He told his followers he had God-like powers, Southwark Crown Court heard.

He warned them a supernatural force called Jackie would cause natural disasters if he was ever disobeyed.

Balakrishnan, of Enfield, north London, was convicted of six counts of indecent assault, four counts of rape and two counts of actual bodily harm. He was also found guilty of cruelty to a child under 16.

Southwark Crown Court heard he carried out a “brutal” campaign of violence.

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