Convicted sexual predator Hardeep Singh [photo], a tourist from India will spend 12 months in a UK jail for sexual assault on a fellow air traveler
Hardeep Singh, originally from Hoshiarpur, India, targeted a 20-something woman seated next to him and “subjected her to a prolonged sexual assault,” UK police said
He was sentenced to serve 12 months in jail for the alleged assault
The assault occurred on a flight from Mumbai to Manchester, UK – he was arrested upon landing at Manchester Airport on Feb 23
Singh waited until the cabin lights were dimmed, and many of the other passengers were asleep, including the victim, to carry out his assault
He pinned her in her seat and trying to place his hands underneath her clothing, while also trying to kiss her
The assault reportedly, lasted around 15 minutes
Authorities said Singh who’s visiting UK on a six-moth tourist visa, will be deported back to India after serving his sentence
A tourist who sexually assaulted a woman on a February flight from Mumbai to Manchester has been sentenced to 12 months in jail. Hardeep Singh, originally from Hoshiarpur, India, was apprehended upon landing at England’s Manchester Airport on February 23, after police say he targeted a 20-something woman seated next to him and “subjected her to a prolonged sexual assault,” the BBC reported.
Singh, who was seated closer to the aisle, had first asked the woman if her mother was seated nearby. He had also refused to move when she needed to get up, making her squeeze past him instead. Later, police say Singh waited until the cabin lights were dimmed, and many of the other passengers were asleep — including the victim — to carry out his assault, pinning her in her seat and trying to place his hands underneath her clothing. He was also trying to kiss her.
The assault went on for 15 minutes, with Singh pinning the woman down with his legs until she managed to struggle free, police said. “From the outset of the flight, Singh’s behavior was despicable,” said Detective Constable Catherine Evans of the Greater Manchester Police, according to the Manchester Evening News. “Numbed with fear, it was only after [the woman] summoned the strength to overpower him that she was able to run away and raise the alarm,” Evans added.
Singh was sentenced to a year in jail at a sentencing hearing on Thursday, after admitting to three counts of sexual assault. He was said to be visiting the U.K. on a six-month tourist visa.
UK authorities said Singh will be deported back to India after serving his sentence.