By Colombo Telegraph –
The child abuse case against Chief Buddhist monk of Thames Buddhist temple Ven. Pahalagama Somaratana is to begin on 10th April at Feltham crown court, BBC reports.
The monk who was intially charged with one count of rape of a female under 16 and three counts of indecent assault during his tenure at Chiswick temple
Subsequently on Friday, 11 November he was further charged with 8 counts of Indecent assault on a female under 14 between January 1, 1985 and December 31, 1986 at an address in Croydon,London Metropolitan police told Colombo Telegraph
65 year old Somaratana thero appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday for an initial hearing. Court sources told the BBC that both cases involving two different alleged victims would be heard together. Monk had pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.