Melbourne: An Indian national, who was
arrested for allegedly abducting and raping a university
student, today admitted his crime during a pre sentence
hearing in a local court.
Harjot Hundal Singh who pleading guilty to rape,
abduction and intentionally causing injury will be sentenced
by Judge Marilyn Harbison on August 27, AAP reported.
Singh dragged the victim into his windowless van, tied
her hands and threatened her with dire consequences at
knifepoint, the Victorian County Court heard today.
During the attack that occurred in June last year, he
also punched the victim, who had been walking home from
Springvale station in Melbourne`s east, and grabbed her around
He drove the van for a few minutes before stopping and
raping the student, the report said.
Singh was arrested at Melbourne Airport with a one-way
ticket to India two days after being interviewed by police
about the attack.
Describing the attack "abhorrent", Prosecutor Ray Gibson
said, "It is every woman`s nightmare or person`s nightmare to
be alone at night, dragged off the street, taken from behind.
.. locked in a windowless van and raped."
Gibson said the victim, who like Singh was a foreign
national , received two black eyes and bruising and abrasions
to her back, hands and legs.
He said the attack was in the "very, very serious
category" and said Singh should be jailed for between 12 and
14-and-a-half years with a non-parole period of at least nine
Singh`s barrister Paul Higham conceded the offending was
serious and that there were aggravating features. He said his
client had gone for a drive in the van, which he had borrowed
to move house, because his wife and mother were arguing.
Higham said his client`s life had been dominated by
others. "What he has done is see this woman and use her as a
vehicle for the re-imposition of control," he said.
Psychologist Patrick Newton told the court Singh became
aroused as the victim refused him and he exerted control over
her. Newton said Singh understood that he had a very negative
impact on the victim.
Singh, of Springvale, had been living in Melbourne with
his wife who was a student. He is likely to be deported when
his sentence ends, the court heard.