November 2016

Convicted Croydon sex offender who molested a girl, 11, has jail term cut

A Croydon sex offender who molested an 11-year-old girl has had his jail term slashed by top judges on appeal.

Mohan Kandasamy, 52, of Southcote Road, in Sanderstead, was jailed for nine years at Southwark Crown Court on January 29.

He admitted 12 indecent assaults and one sexual assault.

The victim was as young as 11 when Kandasamy abused her, Lord Justice McCombe told London’s Appeal Court today.

His crimes had a “serious and devastating” impact on the girl, he added.

Kandasamy’s lawyers described him as a “working family man” with young children, pointing to his previous good character when arguing that his jail term was far too tough and ought to be cut.

The attacks on the youngster were said to have been “opportunistic and brief”.

And Lord Justice McCombe said: “We have reached the conclusion that the overall sentence was rather too long.”

The judge, who was sitting with Mr Justice Fraser and Judge Peter Collier QC, cut Kandasamy’s sentence to seven years.