North serial sex beast Michael Khannan targeted schoolgirls

A SERIAL sex attacker has been convicted of a string of sickening crimes against two schoolgirls.

A SERIAL sex attacker has been convicted of a string of sickening crimes against two schoolgirls.

Michael Khannan, aka Preston, has a history of serious sexual assaults on women and girls dating back 40 years.

In 2010 the former club singer was convicted of trying to rape an 18-year-old woman after dragging her away from a bus stop in Peterlee in 1978.

The 61-year-old had denied the charge but was convicted after a trial.

Newcastle Crown Court heard last week that it was publicity surrounding the 2010 case which prompted two more victims to come forward.

Both said they had been abused by Khannan in South Shields in the 1990s, when they were young girls.

Khannan denied a total of 15 charges of indecent assault and indecency with a child but was found guilty by a jury.

Judge Paul Sloan QC adjourned sentence until next month.He warned Khannan, who is currently serving a nine-year jail sentence: “You will appreciate you face a substantial prison sentence.”

During the trial last week, jurors had heard details of Khannan’s shocking past. Prosecutor Tim Gittins told the court that Khannan was convicted of indecent assault after he forced a 14-year-old girl on to a railway embankment in South Shields and molested her in September 1972.

In December that same year he grabbed a 16-year-old girl, dragged her into another back lane in South Shields and indecently assaulted her.

Three days after that attack he raped a woman in a back lane.

Khannan confessed to all three attacks.

In October 1977, Khannan indecently assaulted and tried to rape an 18-year-old as she walked in Tanfield Lea, County Durham. He pleaded guilty to the attack.

In January 1978 he forced an 18-year-old away from a bus stop in Peterlee and indecently assaulted then tried to rape her. He was convicted after a trial in 2010.


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