BREAKING:‘Sexual predator’ jailed for 14 years for rape - and a sexual assault at the DGH

Mani Kurian SUS-160314-131023001
Mani Kurian SUS-160314-131023001

A man police describe as a ‘sexual predator’ has been jailed for 14 years for rape and a number of sexual offences.

Mani Kurian, 50, a former hospital cleaner of Eridge Road, Eastbourne, was initially charged with four counts of sexual assault through touching and common assault.

He was found guilty of raping a woman on Eastbourne seafront in October 2014, sexually assaulting three people at Worthing Hospital between April 2013 and January 2015 and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in Hampden Park in April 2015.

The common assault took place at Eastbourne District General Hospital in January 2015.

Kurian appeared in court on these charges on July 18 and was bailed, but was later charged with the rape of a 21-year-old woman in Eastbourne which dated back to 19 October 2014.

A further charge of sexual assault through touching was also added to the indictment following an incident at Eastbourne District General Hospital some time between June and September 2014. The victim was not a patient.

Kurian was sentenced at Hove Crown Court today (Monday, March 14) following a trial which started in January.

Speaking after the sentencing Detective Inspector Neil Ralph said, “Mani Kurian is a sexual predator who targeted women both in the workplace and in public.

“Today’s sentence brings a successful resolution to what has been a long ordeal for the victims involved. The sentence imposed sends a clear message that offences of this nature will be harshly dealt with if found guilty.

“By not pleading guilty he put his victims through the ordeal of having to give evidence and relive the abuse they suffered by him. I would like to pay tribute to them for bravely giving evidence in the case.”

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