A former championship body builder from Luton who sexually abused a four-year-girl and threatened to kill her family has been jailed for 12 years.
32-year-old Jenev Varghese was found guilty at Luton Crown Court of two counts of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13.
During the trial, the jury heard how Varghese told the girl he'd murder her loved ones if she spoke out.
“Varghese took advantage and abused his incredibly young victim in the worst way possible," Detective Constable Samantha Shane from Bedfordshire Police said.
“It is impossible to comprehend the abuse that this child suffered, but I hope that her and her family are now able to move on from this awful experience.
“Child sexual abuse is one of the most heinous crimes and it will not be tolerated in our county. We are committed to tackling these sickening individuals and ensuring that they are made to pay for their actions, while at the same time providing the very best support to victims and their families.
“I’m really pleased with the severe sentence and I hope it sends a stark warning to others who think they can abuse children and get away with it.”