Sri Lankan charged for indecent assault


Sri Lankan asylum seeker accused of putting his hand down the pyjamas of a sleeping university student allegedly tried to break into a second unit about the same time the young woman was attacked. Daxchan Selvarajah, 21, will remain in custody until at least next week after he didn’t apply for bail during his brief first appearance in Central Local Court this morning.

He was arrested at Central Station yesterday morning and charged with indecently assaulting a 20-year-old woman last week while she was sleeping in her accommodation on the Macquarie University campus.

Selvarajah allegedly broke into the woman’s unit about 3.30am and slipped his hand into her pyjama shorts before the student woke and her attacker fled the scene.

But court documents revealed the 21-year-old Sri Lankan national, who had been in Australia on a bridging visa, allegedly made an unsuccessfully attempt to break into a neighbouring unit early the same morning.

Selvarajah has also been charged with two counts of aggravated breaking and entering.

Outside the court today, his lawyer Ken Robinson said his client was “doing well”, although he was “feeling the strains a little bit” in custody.

He would not say whether the Sri Lankan man intended to fight the charges.

Immigration officials have confirmed the 21-year-old was on a bridging visa, but he was not staying in the university housing – where 55 asylum seekers are living.

Selvarajah was believed to be visiting other asylum seekers at the facility.

It has also been revealed a security guard arrived within minutes of the alleged attack but failed to call police at the time, with authorities not notified until 9.56am according to official records.
Selvarajah is due to appear in Parramatta Local Court next Thursday, when his lawyer said he expects to make a bail application.( courtesy The Australian)


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