Issued on 14/9/18 at 3:45 p.m.
A self-titled Hindu preacher who admitted sexual offences against two young women has been jailed for 42 months.
Mohanial Rajani, 76, formerly of Silverdale Drive, Leicester, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault, two against each victim, when he previously appeared at Leicester Crown Court.
Today (Friday 14 September), at the same court, he was sentenced to 42 months imprisonment.
He has been placed on the sexual offences register for life. Rajani claimed he was a disciple of a Guru in India and following the leaders death he was given authority to continue with the teachings.
The victims in this case attended prayers at a place of worship in Leicester and at the defendant’s home address, where they were subjected to sexual assaults between 2008 and 2013.
DC Shaheen Hovell was the officer involved in the investigation. She said: “Rajani abused his position of trust within the local community and had no regard for the effect his crimes would have on the victims.
“The victims have been extremely brave throughout the process, from the initial report all the way through to the court process. This was in no way easy for them; the defendant was well-known in their local community and speaking out about these offences was extremely difficult for them.
“We are pleased he admitted the offences and spared the victims the ordeal of giving evidence in court. We hope this case gives other victims the courage to come forward and report crimes against them. It doesn’t matter when the offences have taken place we can still investigate and prosecute individuals.
“We have specialist officers who can guide you through the process and put you in touch with support agencies. Please don’t suffer in silence and contact 101.”