Patrick Sookhdeo resigns from Barnabas Aid International after guilty verdict

The charity's former international director and trustee was given three community sentences of three months each for one sexual offence and two counts of intimidating a witness or juror

Patrick Sookhdeo
Patrick Sookhdeo

Patrick Sookhdeo has resigned from his roles at the poverty relief charity Barnabas Aid International after he was found guilty of sexual assault and witness intimidation.

On Monday, the charity’s former international director was given three community sentences of three months each for one count of sexual assault and two counts of intimidating a witness or juror. Sookhdeo’s three sentences will run concurrently, and he has been placed on a three-month curfew under which he cannot leave his house between 3pm and 7am.

A statement from the board of trustees of Barnabas Aid International today said: "Whilst Patrick Sookhdeo would have been able to continue as a trustee of Barnabas Aid International, he has asked to resign from this post and the board has accepted his resignation. The board will review this with Dr Sookhdeo after three months.

"During the next three months, he will be considering his future but has agreed to be available in his personal capacity if requested. His curfew prevents him from travelling overseas during this time, so he has had to decline to attend certain engagements."

A spokesman for the charity clarified that Sookhdeo had resigned from both his trusteeship and international director role.

Barnabas Aid International was registered with the Charity Commission exactly one year ago today with the objects of poverty relief, the promotion of human rights and advancing Christian values. It is part of the Christian poverty charity the Barnabas Fund, which had an income of £11.6m in the year to August 2013. Sookhdeo was a trustee of the Barnabas Fund until he was asked to become involved in the new charity.

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