Fieldfisher IT worker sentenced to a year in prison for sexually assaulting paralegal at Christmas party

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And he’ll be on the sex offenders register for ten years


An IT worker at an international law firm has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for a Christmas party sexual assault against a paralegal.

Varun Krishnakumar, who used to work on the IT helpdesk at Fieldfisher, approached his 26-year-old victim in the ladies’ toilets after she refused to take a selfie with him. The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, reportedly told the court:

I said ‘this is the girls’ toilets’ because I presumed he had wandered in by accident thinking it was the men’s. He started walking towards me and just said ‘it’s fine, don’t worry about it’.

He then proceeded to sexually assault her.

Fortunately, a trainee in the men’s toilets next door heard the young victim’s cries for help and came to her rescue. Krishnakumar — who left the firm shortly after the incident — was arrested later that day, and found guilty of sexual assault at the Old Bailey in July.

At the time, Judge Nicholas Cooke QC told 30-year-old Krishnakumar, who is married, that a custodial sentence was “inevitable”.

And that it was. In Courtroom 8 of the Old Bailey today, the judge handed Krishnakumar — an Indian national living in Dagenham — a 12 month prison sentence. He will also be placed on the sex offenders register for ten years.