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Guru 'heals' woman during assault in park

A self-styled guru accused of being a serial rapist told one woman she needed to be healed as he assaulted her, a court has heard.

Michael Lyons, who used the name Mohan Singh, met the woman - who can not be identified - in Washington DC, US.

Mr Lyons, 52, from Kilburn, north London, denies five counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault on seven women between 1998 and 2008.

Six victims were attacked in London and one in Manchester, the court heard.

The court was told Mr Lyons had offered to help the woman with her bad back and discuss meditation techniques.

'Proud egos'

The woman told Wood Green Crown Court, in north London, that Mr Lyons drove her and a friend to a park along with another man in June 2000.

The court heard that Mr Lyons told her married women were "whores" and Americans had "proud egos" that had to be healed, before raping her.

...if you had made a complaint even the most incompetent police force would have recorded it
Abbas Lakha QC

The woman, who broke down in tears while giving evidence, said: "It was painful and it was wrong.

"I had been saying 'No' this whole time because I was afraid this was where this was going, but at the same time I was not trusting my instincts and I thought it would lead to meditation.

"He was repeating the same thing he said earlier about being proud and again how I needed to be healed."

The witness's allegations do not form part of the indictment against Mr Lyons, relating to an incident she claims took place in the US.

No evidence

She told her friend what had happened after Mr Lyons drove them home and she in turn said she had been raped by the other man, the court heard.

In 2008 she contacted British police after receiving information about Mr Lyons' arrest, the court heard.

Abbas Lakha QC, for the defence, said hospital records from the time of the alleged attack showed the witness did not want to involve the police and there was no evidence her claim to have spoken to two officers at hospital was true.

He said: "I suggest to you that if you had made a complaint even the most incompetent police force would have recorded it."

Mr Lakha said she brought up the rape allegation after failing to get the morning-after pill and that her evidence to the court was influenced by reading other women's accounts on the internet.

The witness denied this, saying: "There is no way I would be that manipulative and make up a story about being raped."

Earlier the court heard Mr Lyons claimed to have worked with the Dalai Lama in a bid to impress women he met.

The case continues.



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