Ex-Hare Krishna devotee guilty of rape and cruelty
A former Hare Krishna worshipper is facing a lengthy jail sentence for a series of sex assaults.
Bullying Sean Keen – who spent 10 years in a temple learning to be celibate – was convicted of three sex attacks and four cruelty charges.
The sex-starved 50-year-old has now been remanded in custody while probation reports are prepared prior to his sentencing next month.
The jury at Canterbury Crown Court heard sex accounts involving a dog, giving a child a “love bite” and raping a woman repeatedly.
The Krishna religion – known officially as International Society For Krisha Consciousness – forbids sex, unless it is to create children, and bans alcohol.
But prosecutor Christopher May told how many of the attacks happened when Keen, of the London Road estate, Canterbury, had been drinking.
Many of the incidents happened many years ago in Ashford and one of his victims claimed he had used her “like his toy”, as “a prostitute for his pleasure”.
On another occasion the jury heard how he ripped off his victim’s underwear, held her wrists and raped her – despite claiming he was “a Hare Krishna devotee who was going to be celibate”. Mr May revealed how in another rape, Keen “still would not stop the attack” even though two puppies were licking him.
In another rape attack, the victim told police how Keen grabbed her around the neck and pushed her against a toilet door.
“He had her by the throat. She kept saying ‘No’. She struggled with him and they ended up on the floor. He really scared her and said he could snap her neck like a twig.”
His victim revealed that during the assault “he looked so evil ... as if he was somebody else”.
In another incident, an eyewitness revealed how he had grabbed his female victim in an attack at Ashford’s Asda store. When Keen was quizzed by police he admitted being an alcoholic and downing five cans of strong lager every day, adding that he wished he had “followed his faith to a ‘T’”.
Keen was remanded in custody until September after Judge Adele Williams told him:“You have been convicted on clear and compelling evidence of grave offences. But before I determine what your sentence will be I need a report. But you need to know that you face nothing but a lengthy prison sentence.”
Canterbury Crown Court; right, Judge Adele Williams