‘Unprovoked attack’ had consequences

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A man who hit and kicked a pharmacist is now facing deportation

An Indian-born man’s offences, including assaulting a pharmacist who observed a shoplifting, were “numerous and repeated,” the Administrative Appeals Tribunal has found.

Paramjeet Singh was seeking a review of a decision made by the Immigration Minister’s delegate in August, in which a bid to revoke the mandatory cancellation of his visa was declined.

Mr Singh, who has lived in Australia since the age of eight, had held a number of visas including his permanent visa, which he had held until 1998.

However he was found guilty of some 30 separate offences, including the attack on a pharmacist.

These offences included numerous breaches of Apprehended Violence Orders, two counts of common assault, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, domestic violence offences, minor drug or controlled substance possession and shoplifting.

On 2 November 2015, he was found guilty of an unprovoked attack on a pharmacist.

The pharmacist had been present when a security guard apprehended and detained Mr Singh’s partner for shoplifting.

“In the ensuing confrontation, the record states that Mr Singh punched the pharmacist in the face and then kicked him when he fell to the ground,” the Tribunal noted.

“In evidence Mr Singh admits to the kicking but denies the punching.”

He also blamed his partner’s mental health condition for the incident.

He was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for the offence, though this term was suspended.

However he reoffended and was committed to jail, which triggered the revocation of his visa.

The Tribunal decided that “Mr Singh poses a medium to high risk of reoffending”.

“The Tribunal is not persuaded that he has genuinely learned his lesson from a whole series of previous warnings by judicial officers and by being given multiple chances to refrain from reoffending – none of which he has taken.

“Moreover the risk to the community is higher because of the nature of Mr Singh’s offences. They have been, and might well again be, acts of violence. They result from his inability to manage his bouts of anger.

“They have been perpetrated against vulnerable persons and, over the course of his offending behaviour, they have increased in seriousness.”

The Tribunal knocked back Mr Singh’s application and he may now be deported to India.

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  1. Alexander Wong

    Anyone know if there is a governing body keeping an eye on crime stats in pharmacy? Interested to hear how it is trending. Possibly on the rise in conjunction with population growth?

  2. Youhana Younan

    He was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for the offence, though this term was suspended.
    why would they suspend his sentence , it’s our stupid justice system that let criminals out on the street just because they claim mental illness or are on drugs leaving the rest of community vulnerable

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