An immigrant Uber driver who sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman in Australia will be sent back to his home country of Nepal.
The driver of the controversial ride-sharing app, who was married for nine years before his wife broke from him because of the attack, pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assault at an Australian magistrates court.
The court heard that the 36-year-old attacker picked up his victim from a surfers paradise club on Christmas Eve 2017 and asked her if she wanted to have sex with him.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, when the young woman said no, he proceeded to sexual assault her.
In an impact statement, the victim said the incident has had a “profound effect” on her and that it still brings her to tears and makes her want to throw up every time she thinks about it.
Nick McGhee, defence barrister, said that the assault should be considered “low level” because there was no penetration, no ejaculation and the woman was conscious.
Prosecutor, Amalia Baker, said that the attacker should serve at least 12 months in jail for the crime and added:
“Women should be able to trust their Uber drivers to get them home safely.”
The offender was sentenced to 12 months prison, wholly suspended for two years by magistrate Joan White, who said the victim was vulnerable in his car and the assault was a betrayal of trust.
The sentence will most likely have no legal implications due to his deportation.