Hounslow man jailed for sending video clips of rape to client
A man has been sentenced to 12 weeks in jail after sending video clips of a woman being raped and beheaded to a client.
Satpal Singh, 34, failed to complete building work he had been contracted and paid to complete. Instead, when the victim sought legal advice for a civil claim in relation to the incomplete work, Singh sent him a number of disturbing video clips via WhatsApp. These clips included violence against women as well as a homeless man being robbed by a group of men and people being hanged. The victim perceived these videos to be threats against him.
Singh was sentenced at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court today (Wednesday, 1 August) for one count of sending a communication of an indecent or offensive nature. He received a 12-week imprisonment and was made to pay a £115 victim surcharge. He had previously pleaded not guilty but was found guilty following a trial at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on 19 July.
Kris Venkatasami, from the CPS, said: "These messages were indecent and offensive not to mention extremely disturbing, intimidating and frightening for the victim who was simply asking for what he was owed.
"Not only did Singh deny sending these videos, he even claimed they could have mistakenly been sent by his own children who also used his phone. The prosecution was able to prove that this was not the case.
"The CPS takes the sending of such communications extremely seriously and will prosecute where there is evidence."
Notes to editors
- Satpal Singh [DOB: 15/03/1984] is from Hounslow
- He was sentenced to 12 weeks' imprisonment for one count of sending a communication of an indecent or offensive nature
- Kris Venkatasami is Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London South.