Man jailed for attempted rape of colleague - Tring

13/11/2015

An illegal immigrant, who tried to rape one of his colleagues at a hotel in the Tring area, was jailed for six years today, Friday, 13 November 2015.

Kasi Selvakumar, aged 27, from Northampton, followed the 19-year-old woman to her room, locked her inside, forced her onto the bed and tried to rape her, St Albans Crown Court heard.  The victim resisted and he went back to work.

Selvakumar, of Lindsay Avenue, Northampton, pleaded not guilty to attempting to rape the woman on 4 May 2013, but was convicted by a jury of 6 men and 6 women. He had no previous convictions.

Dingle Clarke, defending, said Selvakumar came to the UK from southern India in April 2011 as a student. He was entitled to work for 20 hours a week, but the college he attended closed down and he took up illegal casual work. He said he had been served with deportation papers and was isolated in prison because of his language difficulties.

Jailing him, Judge Jonathan Carroll told the defendant: "You clearly found her sexually attractive. You wanted to have a relationship with her. She was not interested in you. When you saw her, you seized your opportunity. You left her in a highly distressed state."

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