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Two Britons sentenced for child sex abuse

A court in India sentenced them to six years in prison on Saturday for abusing young boys at a shelter for street children in Mumbai.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 18:21 IST
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An Indian court sentenced two Britons to six years in prison on Saturday for beating and sexually abusing young boys at a shelter for street children in the financial hub of Mumbai.

Duncan Grant and Allan John Waters were found guilty of indulging in "unnatural offences" and "using the custody of a minor for immoral purposes", defence lawyer Majid Memon said.

The charges against the two also included having homosexual intercourse, a crime in India under laws made under the British.

William D'Souza, an Indian national who was manager of the shelter, was sentenced to three years for helping the men.

The shelter called Anchorage for homeless boys in south Mumbai, where the crimes took place, was established by Grant nine years ago with money raised in Britain.

London-based Grant was wanted by Indian police since 2002 after young boys staying at the shelter complained of sexual abuse.

Grant was extradited from Tanzania to Britain in October 2004 following an Interpol red alert and was arrested at Mumbai airport after he arrived from London last June.

Waters has been in police custody since 2004 when he was extradited from the United States.

First Published: Mar 18, 2006 20:08 IST