Ravi Khosla hit with £17.5k penalty following ‘second of full insanity’

A legal solicitor who sexually assaulted a girl following a boozy night time out has been fined by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).

However the tribunal said Ravi Khosla had demonstrated “vital perception” and “regret” for what it accepted was an “remoted incident”.

Khosla, a former director of Durham outfit Kenneth M Barrow & Co, pleaded responsible to at least one depend of sexual assault at Leeds Crown Courtroom in April 2019. He was sentenced to 120 hours unpaid work however was not positioned on the intercourse offenders’ register.

The tribunal heard how the skilled solicitor had a brief dialog with an 18-year-old feminine whereas ready at a taxi rank in Newcastle metropolis centre within the early hours of 31 December 2017.

The younger lady’s witness assertion described what occurred subsequent: “[Khosla] put his hand round my hips, positioned it on my backside cheek the place he then squeezed arduous then pulled me forcefully in direction of him. He had his different hand on my proper cheek which he used to drag my face in direction of him. He then forcefully pushed his face into mine and kissed me.”

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The assertion continued: “On the time I felt soiled and shocked. It felt disgusting to be kissed by somebody who I didn’t wish to kiss me. I felt scared by the person’s persistence.”

In mitigation, Khosla’s barrister, Geoffrey Williams QC, submitted that the tribunal was coping with a “2 minute occasion in an in any other case unblemished report each professionally and personally”. He mentioned the solicitor was not accustomed to ingesting frequently and was intoxicated on the night time in query.

The sentencing decide additionally famous Khosla’s offending was “fully out of character” and that he had proven “profound and real regret”.

The tribunal heard from a number of character witnesses, together with the previous chair of the Legal Bar Affiliation, Caroline Goodwin QC, who described Khosla’s conduct as “totally out of character”.

Khosla was fined £17,500 and ordered to pay £3,000 in prices.

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