Indecent behaviour lands Indian in UK jail
An Indian student, studying law at Newcastle, has been jailed and faces deportation to India for making indecent exposure and sexual assault.
Amit Shivrain, 26, was jailed by magistrates in Newcastle in north England, for four months and will be on the sex offenders' list for seven years. He was in the UK on a student visa.
Shivrain allegedly attacked a woman as she walked to work and exposed himself near a primary school in Newcastle.
Paul Doney, prosecuting lawyer, said, "He stopped her to ask for the time. Because she was not wearing a watch she stopped to get her mobile phone from her rucksack."
While she was activating the phone, Shivrain allegedly exposed himself. The woman walked away and phoned the police when she got to work.
The woman identified him when he was placed in a video line-up, and said in a statement that the incident had left her very distressed and frightened to go out alone, reports from Newcastle said.
Shivrain's lawyer Gregg Stephens said this "moment of madness" had ruined his client's life. He said his client had come to the UK to study to be a lawyer and that he would now have to return to India.
"We have got a man of previous good character with a good upbringing, he has come to this country to study and pursue a career in law. He fully appreciates the way he behaved was unacceptable," Stephens said.
"There is no chance of him getting a career as a lawyer or a barrister now. He has already punished himself as a result of committing this offence. It seems that his visa is unlikely to be renewed. The defendant has effectively ruined his life in a moment of complete madness," he said.