A Maoist cult leader in the UK who used violence, fear and sexual degradation to control women he held captive has been found guilty of a string of sex assaults.

Aravindan Balakrishnan, age 75, raped two followers and falsely imprisoned and mistreated his daughter for more than 30 years in a commune in South London.

Southwark Crown Court heard he carried out a “brutal” campaign of violence. He was convicted of six counts of indecent assault, four counts of rape and two counts of actual bodily harm.

According to BBC News, the jury heard that Balakrishnan, who was also found guilty of cruelty to a child under 16, had brainwashed his followers into thinking he had supernatural powers.

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