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Last updated: 19 April, 2012 - Published 21:44 GMT
 
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'Touched as a child' says victim of abuse
 
Isleworth Crown Court (file photo: Saroj Pathirana)
The case is being heard in front of a jury at Isleworth Crown Court
The alleged victim told how she was abused during her childhood to her hypnotherapist in 2009, it was revealed at the hearing on the rape and sexual abuse case against Ven. Pahalagama Somaratana.

Prosecution presented its last witness statement against the accused on Thursday.

Giving evidence, a former hypnotherapist of one of the victims said that the alleged victim had visited the witness back in 2009.

The witness had asked the victim to complete a routine assessment form that would provide an insight into why it was that the victim had visited the hypnotherapist and to also ascertain the problem.

"Touched as a child"

The witness then told the court that the victim, when asked what is wrong that needs putting right, had said that she “had been touched as a child.”

Alleged abuse had taken place in the late 1980s, the victim told the courts.

The trial continues on Friday, when the defense will present their case.

Threats

Ven. Pahlagama Somaratana is due to take the witness stand when the court resumes for the fifth day of proceedings.

The chief monk of the Thames Buddhist Vihara continues to plead not guilty of all charges.

Another victim who had accused the chief monk of five charges of indecent assault and one count of rape earlier said that the incidents took place in late seventies while she was only nine years old.

She told the jury that she was afraid to come forward as she was threatened by the accused.

 
 
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