Indian national jailed for rape in Melbourne

A court in Australia jailed an Indian national for 13 years, for allegedly raping a young university student in Melbourne last year.

Melbourne: A court in Australia on Wednesday jailed
an Indian national for 13 years, for allegedly raping a young
university student in Melbourne last year.

27-year-old Harjot Hundal Singh dragged the woman into
his van, tied her hands and told her to stop shouting or he
would kill her, according to a news agency report on Wednesday.

Singh also punched the woman who was 19 years old and
had been walking home from Springvale station in Melbourne`s
east in June last year, and grabbed her around the throat
before pulling her pants and underwear off.

He drove the van for a few minutes before stopping and
raping the student.

Singh was arrested at Melbourne Airport a few days later
with a one-way ticket to Dubai with a connecting ticket to
India.

Victorian County Court Judge Marilyn Harbison jailed
Singh for 13 years and ordered he serve nine years before
being eligible for parole.

"You abducted your victim, a soft target, on a suburban
street. You ignored your victim`s pleas," she said adding, "In
my view your offending makes it plain that unless
rehabilitated, you are a danger to the sexual safety of
women".

Singh, formerly of Springvale, who has already served 425
days in custody, is expected to be deported at the end of his
sentence.

PTI

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