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Northern Ireland yoga teacher Robinson guilty of 10 sex charges

A well-known yoga instructor in Ballymena who taught about the 'harmony of body and spirit' in his classes, has pleaded guilty at Antrim Crown Court to a number of sex charges, relating to two females between 1979 and 1990.

Desmond Robinson (73), of Kintullagh Court, originally denied 25 charges of indecent assault on the females and 14 of gross indecency with, or, towards them when they were children.

However, at court on Wednesday, he changed his plea and admitted 10 of the charges.

The rest were left on the books by the prosecution.

The exact ages of the females at the time of the offences are unknown but the charges Robinson admitted to described them as children and in others as females.

The locations where he abused the females is also unknown. Robinson was released on continuing bail and a pre-sentence report will be prepared before he comes back to court in February.

The pensioner will now have to sign the Sex Offenders Register, but the length of time he will be on it has yet to be revealed.

An internet search shows Robinson was organising ten-week courses of Svatantra Yoga in the spring of 2015, at a cost of £46.90 per person. The listing said each class included meditation, yoga breathing practice, classical postures, Bandhas and Yoga Nidra, and 'all work is skilfully adapted and modified for individual needs'.

The listing continued: "Also included: information on the benefits of Yoga for managing and, even preventing common ailments, which are often due to stress and poor lifestyle. Also, information on healthy eating and diet specific to Yoga. Yoga explained as being complementary/supplementary to other non-yogic forms of fitness and sport and will be explained in detail.

"The aim of the course is: balance and harmony of body, mind and spirit, peace, health and harmony - Svatantra Yogi Om Tat Sa".

The listing said the area included Ballymena's Seven Towers Leisure Centre.

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