July 2018

Thai boxing instructor sexually abuse young girls

A Thai boxing instructor, who used Pele’s gym in Trafford as a base to sexually abuse young girls, has been jailed.

Keith Nathan (06/09/1958) of Park Gate Road, Timperley appeared at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, today (Friday 20 July 2018) for sentencing, after being found guilty of 17 offences of gross indecency and indecent assault.

Nathan, known locally as Pele, was a Thai boxing instructor at a number of gyms in Trafford and Manchester and was locally renowned as a ‘god’ in the sport up until his arrest in 2015.

Officers from the Public Protection Investigation Unit launched an investigation after a complaint was made against Nathan, dating back to the 1970s.

While investigating the case against him, specialist officers discovered Nathan coached young girls at gyms across the Trafford and Manchester area and two victims – who were girls under the age of 16 at the time of the offences – were identified.

When officers brought him in for an interview and put the evidence to him, he denied the offences and continued to do so despite being brought in front of a judge.

He has now been jailed for six years and put on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely. He was also subject to a sexual harm prevention order.