Trial of Patrick Sookhdeo of Barnabas Aid International begins

The international director of the poverty relief charity is charged with one count of sexual assault and two of intimidating a witness or juror

Patrick Sookhdeo
Patrick Sookhdeo

The trial of Patrick Sookhdeo, the international director of the poverty relief charity Barnabas Aid International, who is accused of sexual assault, has begun.

Sookhdeo was arrested in March last year and was charged with one count of sexual assault in May.

In September he entered a plea of not guilty to this and two counts of intimidating a witness or juror. He was released on bail.

His trial, which began at Swindon Crown Court in Wiltshire yesterday, is scheduled to conclude on Thursday.

Barnabas Aid International was registered with the Charity Commission in February last year 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.

HE 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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