Patrick Sookhdeo of Barnabas Aid International denies charge of sexual assault

The international director of the poverty relief charity will be tried in February next year after pleading not guilty recently at Swindon Crown Court

Patrick Sookhdeo
Patrick Sookhdeo

Patrick Sookhdeo, international director of the poverty relief charity Barnabas Aid International, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual assault and two of intimidating a witness or juror.

Sookhdeo will be tried at Swindon Crown Court on 16 February next year after entering not guilty pleas on all three counts at a case management hearing at the same court last week.

He was arrested in March and charged with "sexual assault on a female" in May, Wiltshire Police confirmed. He has also been charged with two counts of intimidating a witness or juror.

Sookhdeo has been released on bail.

Barnabas Aid International was registered with the Charity Commission in February with 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 previously a trustee of the Barnabas Fund until he was asked to become involved in the new charity.

Sookhdeo is listed by the commission’s online register as a trustee of Barnabas Aid International and of three other Christian charities: Harvester Conferences Limited, Servants Fellowship International and the TBF Trust.

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