Ex-Hare Kr­ishna devo­tee guilty of rape and cru­elty

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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

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