Accused in sexual abuse case in court

A 70-year-old man, who is alleged to have sexually abused a 15-year-old boy, appeared before a trial court at Valliyoor on Thursday.

The boy, an inmate of an orphanage being run by Grail Trust at Chinnammalpuram near Valliyoor, was sexually abused by Rev. Jonathan Robinson who took him to a few places, including Chennai and New Delhi. He, however, refuted the charges.

Valliyoor police registered a case against Rev. Jonathan Robinson accusing him of abusing the boy since 2011, based on a complaint from Justice and Care, a Bangalore-based NGO.

Valliyoor Judicial Magistrate Court issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Rev. Jonathan under the Extradition Act as he returned to the United Kingdom. The police also issued a ‘red corner notice’ against him. While the Madurai Bench directed the police to withdraw the red corner notice as it prevented him from entering India to defend the case, the non-bailable warrant was recalled by the trial court which posted the case to January 4, 2016.

However, Rev. Jonathan, who was suspected to be hiding either in the UK or Northern Ireland, surrendered before Judicial Magistrate Ruskinraj on Thursday, and filed an ‘advance hearing petition.’ Though he had come prepared with two sureties, he was asked to appear before the court on Friday as the petition would be taken up for hearing on that day.

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