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Two Indians found guilty of rape in Australia



Canberra, Sep 8 (IANS) Two Indian men, accused of abducting and raping a woman in Australia, were found guilty of the crime on Monday, media reported.

Ajitpal Singh, 31, and Randhir Singh, 21, were Monday found guilty by an Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court jury on charges of sexual assault, committing acts of indecency, unlawful confinement, and abduction, the Canberra Times reported.

The court heard that Randhir Singh and the victim had met via social media application, Tango, Sep 25, 2013.

They swapped sexual messages and agreed to meet at Kippax Fair Shopping Centre the next day.

When the victim tried to back out of the meeting after seeing another man with Randhir, Ajitpal Singh threatened her child and said he would show her husband the messages.

Randhir then drove the victim to Ajitpal Singh’s flat. He forced her to give him oral sex and unsuccessfully tried to have sex with her on the way.

The woman said she pleaded with Randhir to let her go, but he ignored her and raped her in a bedroom of the 14th floor flat.

During the assault, a third man, Jaskaran Sandu, 33, took two pictures of her.

Ajitpal Singh then used the pictures to blackmail and rape her, the report said.

Crown prosecutor Margaret Jones said the men had hatched a “calculated and devious” plot to force the victim to have sex with them.

Defence barristers, however, said the sex had been consensual and their clients denied threatening the victim.

The jurors found Randhir Singh not guilty on one count of committing an act of indecency on the victim.

Prosecutors also withdrew one charge of committing an act of indecency against Ajitpal Singh during the five-day trial.

Both men face lengthy jail sentences and are expected to be deported to India upon release.

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