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Ex-Hare Krishna follower Sean Keen from Canterbury facing prison over string of sex attacks in Ashford

11 August 2014
by Paul Hooper

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 before his sentencing next month.

The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court

The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court

A 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 Krishna Consciousness - forbids sex unless it is to create children and bans drinking alcohol.

But prosecutor Christopher May told how many of the attacks happened when Keen, of London Road Estate, Canterbury, had been drinking.

"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..." - prosecutor Christopher May

Many of the incidents happened many years ago in Ashford and one of his victims claimed he had used her "like his toy", treating her "as if she were 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 on another incident during a rape, two puppies began licking his testicles - "but he still would not stop the attack".

And in another rape, the victim told police Keen grabbed her around the neck and pushed her against a toilet door.

"He was really angry and he had her by the throat," Mr May said. "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 a violent assault, "He looked so evil... as if he was somebody else."

Judge Adele Williams at Canterbury Crown Court

Judge Adele Williams at Canterbury Crown Court

In another incident, a witness revealed Keen had grabbed his female victim "and began humping her from behind" at an Asda store at the Outlet Centre in Ashford.

And four years earlier, he had tried to get a dog to lick his penis, the jury was told.

When Keen was quizzed by police, he admitted being an alcoholic and downing five cans of strong lager every day and added 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."

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