‘Entitled’ student ‘took what he wanted’ after sex attack
AN INDIAN student felt "entitled" when he held a work mate down and sexually assaulted her in a car on The Spit, leaving her shaking, a court was told yesterday.
Gurmeet Singh will be returned to India after pleading guilty in the Southport District Court yesterday to a single count of sexual assault.
The terrifying attack on the friend came after Singh offered to take her home from work as a cook, but on the way they stopped to have drink in his car at The Spit.
Crown prosecutor Stephanie Gallagher said: "It really is despicable conduct which demonstrates that he thinks he is entitled to take what he wants despite her protests."
The court was told the woman, 20, had reluctantly let Singh kiss her in the car before he climbed on top of her, held her hands down, pulled off her pants and sexually assaulted her.
"She would have had concerns she was about to be raped," Ms Gallagher said.
The court was told the attack left the woman so traumatised she did not want to give a victim impact statement to avoid "reliving" the assault.
Singh has spent the past 12 months in immigration detention.
Judge Katherine McGinness yesterday sentenced him to 18 months prison which was wholly suspended.
He will remained in immigration detention before being returned to India in the coming weeks.
Singh's barrister, Nick McGhee of Buckland Allen Criminal Lawyers, said the attack was "out of character" for his client.
He said Singh had the support of his fiancee, who had yet to decide if she was going to follow him to India.