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Indian man pleads guilty to blackmail in Australia

world Updated: Aug 03, 2011 12:04 IST

A 30 year old Indian man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to blackmail in an Australian court, for demanding money from a woman by pretending to be an immigration officer.

Jasbir Singh pleaded guilty to one charge of blackmail in the Victorian County Court, 'Herald Sun' reported.

In May 2009, Singh approached a 22 year old Indian woman in Melbourne, pretending he was an immigration officer. He made demands for money over several days, extorting USD 2200 by threatening her with deportation.

Now he is seeking leniency because he fears deportation.

Seeking a non custodial sentence for his client, lawyer David Gibson argued that Singh's fear of possible deportation would make any jail term harder on him than it would be for the average person.

Judge Jane Campton said it was "perhaps common sense" for someone in Singh's position to be worried about deportation. Singh will be sentenced on August 12.