Barnabas Fund leader to face sexual assault charges
PATRICK SOOKHDEO, international director of the Barnabas Fund, is to be charged with sexual assault. He was arrested on the suspicion of assault on a woman in March and police have confirmed that he will appear in Swindon magistrates’ court this month.
A spokesman for the Charity Commission said there had been contact with the Barnabas Fund to see what was being done by the charity to manage this ‘serious’ situation.
Any decision to suspend Mr Sookhdeo is a decision for the charity itself. Mr Sookhdeo strongly denies the allegations made against him and is cooperating with the authorities.
A spokesperson for Barnabas Fund UK, said: “We are aware of the article about Dr Sookhdeo in The Independent newspaper. Dr Sookhdeo strongly denies the allegations.
“Our policy is to deal with matters such as this in a confidential and discreet manner, for the protection of all those involved and to allow justice to take its course. Barnabas Fund UK is unable to provide any additional information about the complainant in this case.”
The charity says the team at Barnabas Fund is committed through this ‘challenging’ time to continue serving their brothers and sisters in the 60 countries it works in.