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