A Punjabi man, who was found guilty of abducting and raping a woman in Australia, has pleaded for a chance to change his life, the media reported on Monday.
Ajitpal Singh, 31, and Randhir Singh, 21, were found guilty earlier this month by an Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court jury here on the charges of sexual assault, committing acts of indecency, unlawful confinement, and abduction.
In a letter read out in the court, Randhir asked the court for a chance to change his life, the Canberra Times reported.
“I have been bullied, bashed, also the victim of racism from other inmates,” he wrote in a letter to the court.
“I want to be a good man. I think I deserve a second chance,” Randhir added. Randhir and the victim had met via social media application Tango on September 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 Ajitpal with Randhir, the former threatened her child and said he would show her husband the messages.
Randhir then drove the victim to Ajitpal’s flat.
He forced her to perform oral sex on him and tried to have sex with her on the way.
During the assault, a third man, Jaskaran Sandhu, 33, took two pictures of her.
Ajitpal then used the pictures to blackmail and rape her, the report said.