Judge sentences Leicester preacher for sexual offences on young women

A self-proclaimed Hindu preacher who admitted sexually abusing two young girls has been jailed at Leicester Crown Court.

Rajani Mohanial, 76, of Silverdale Drive, Leicester, carried out the offences at his home and at a place of worship in the city.

Mohanial was sentenced for 42 months today (Friday 14 September) and ordered to sign the sexual offences register for life.

At an earlier hearing Mohanial pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault on a female, with each charge amounting to at least 10 assaults.

He pleaded guilty to two further counts of causing a female 13 years or over to engage in sexual activity.

The victims attended prayers at a place of worship in the Rushey Mead area of Leicester and at the defendant’s home address, where they were subjected to sexual assaults between 2008 and 2013.

DC Shaheen Hovell 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.”