A MAOIST cult leader who brainwashed and raped followers in his commune has been found guilty of a string of sex assaults, child cruelty and falsely imprisoning his daughter.
Aravindan Balakrishnan, 75, known as Comrade Bala, terrorised women in the commune over decades in his Maoist commune in addresses across London from 1975 to 2013.
The Kerala-born pensioner who moved with his mother to Singapore when he was nine, claimed he had superpowers and forced his daughter to worship him as God.
Balakrishnan from Enfield, north London, convinced followers he controlled the sun, moon, wind and fires and got them to believe he had a mind control machine monitoring their thoughts.
The jury, consisting of four women and eight men, found him guilty of 14 charges on Friday in Southwark Crown Court, and he now faces up to life in prison.
His own daughter, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was beaten, bullied, and banned from going to school or playing with friends. She barely left the house, jurors heard.
Brought up as “collective property”, she was terrified into subjugation, prosecutor Rosina Cottage told the hearing during the case.
“In order to bend them to his will, he used mental and physical dominance and violence, sexual degradation.
“In relation to one… he controlled every sphere of her life to the extent that she was unable either emotionally or physically to leave his influence until she was 30 years old and ill with diabetes.”
“Each woman lived a life of violence, fear, isolation and confinement.”
His daughter escaped in October 2013 and told police she was regularly beaten by Balakrishnan.
The two women he sexually abused were “cowed into submission” and forced into “deliberately degrading and humiliating” sex acts.
After raping one woman, he told her he was “purifying her”, the court heard.
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