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Indian to plead guilty for stabbing professor

Nikhil Dhar is accused of slashing his Clinical Lab Sciences Assistant's neck in 2005.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2007 15:17 IST

An Indian student who allegedly stabbed his professor because he feared that his failing grades might lead to his return to India is now planning to plead guilty to the attack.

Twenty-four year-old Nikhil Dhar, a student of the University of Massachussetts is accused of slashing his Clinical Lab Sciences Assistant Professor Mary Elizabeth Hooker's neck on December 22, 2005.

Dhar was to go to trial on Wednesday for stabbing Hooker, but will instead enter guilty pleas on April 17 to charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, said his attorney Stephen Hrones.

"The evidence is basically pretty overwhelming," Hrones said.

Dhar is accused of following Hooker more than 20 miles from the Lowell campus and attacking her at her Cambridge home. She was admitted in a hospital for several weeks after the attack.

Hooker told police that Dhar initially wanted to talk about his failure, but later he dragged her into the yard and stabbed her.

Police said they found a note in Dhar's pocket, which read "I'm sorry I'm having to do this. But I have no options left. ... You look at me and I will kill you. I have nothing to lose".

Dhar, a resident of Kolkata, who is on a student visa is said to have felt pressure because of his fear of deportation.

"His family is also very highly educated, and he wasn't doing well. It was a combination of those two things that exploded. This was completely out of character," his lawyer said.

Dhar, according to his attorney will be deported to India after completing his prison term.

First Published: Apr 10, 2007 15:08 IST