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HMA v Parvinder Singh
Jun 11, 2021
On sentencing, Lord Richardson made the following statement in Court: “Parvinder Singh, you have been found guilty of carrying out four serious sexual assaults on women in Glasgow in 2019.
Each of the four involved you accosting lone young women – all of them students - who were complete strangers to you. You did this late at night and you then subjected each of them to a frightening sexual assault.
The final attack was particularly horrific. You took the young woman into an alleyway and subjected her to a prolonged violation, involving penetrating her vagina with your fingers, licking her vagina and culminated in you penetrating her mouth with your penis.
It is hard not to conclude that it was only good fortune and/or the timely intervention of a friend which prevented the first three assaults from each developing into something equally horrifying.
Each of these four attacks was and is serious in and of itself and each requires to be considered as such.
However, viewed together, they represent a campaign of sexual violence pursued by you. It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that for a number of weeks you systematically stalked the streets of the west end of Glasgow, late at night, in a predatory manner looking for lone young women to attack.
You appear to have been motivated entirely by a desire to satisfy your sexual desires and without any thought of the impact of your actions on these young women.
Unfortunately, it is very clear to me from the evidence that I heard from each of them together with the victim impact statements prepared by two of the women, which I have read and carefully considered, that your actions have had a profound and continuing impact on each of them.
In light of that, each of the women is to be commended for the courage each has shown in coming forward to give evidence.
I have also considered the two reports that have been prepared since your conviction - the Criminal Justice Social Work Report and the Report prepared by the Clyde Quay Project.
Both of these reports record that you take no responsibility for the offences of which you have been convicted. Notwithstanding your evidence at trial, you now deny any wrongdoing and seek to minimise your actions. Indeed, in respect of the most serious charge – Charge 4 – you go so far as to seek to place blame on the person you attacked.
Both reports prepared also conclude that you pose a medium risk of reoffending. They conclude that unless and until you take responsibility for your actions and recognise the impact that your actions have had on others you will continue to pose a risk of harm to adult females in the community.
I have had due regard to these assessments in selecting the sentences for these charges.
I have also taken into account everything that has been said on your behalf this morning.
In all the circumstances, it is clear because of the gravity of these assaults that a lengthy custodial sentence is the only appropriate disposal in your case.
I sentence you to 10 months imprisonment for each of charges 1, 2 and 3.
I sentence you to 8 years imprisonment for charge 4.
These sentences are to be served consecutively.
Accordingly, in total, in respect of all four charges, I am imposing a period of 10 and a half years imprisonment.
Your period of imprisonment is to be backdated to 21 November 2019 to take account of the time you have served on remand.
As a result of your conviction and the sentences imposed, you are subject to the notification requirements under Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for an indefinite period.
Furthermore, intimation has been given of your conviction to the Scottish Ministers in accordance with the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.
Finally, I do not intend to make any recommendation in terms of Section 6(1) of the Immigration Act 1971. I do so on the basis that in light of the sentences I have imposed you will be liable to automatic deportation in terms of Section 32 of the UK Borders Act 2007.”
11 June 2021