An Indian man faces deportation to India following the federal court’s rejection of his bid to remain in Canada over sexual assault convictions.
42-year-old Gurpreet Singh Gill, a father of two children, is moving ever closer to removal from Canada as judge Luc Martineau of federal court rejects his bid to stay in the country following the assault of a tipsy passenger.
Gill, a highly educated man, entered Canada along with his wife and daughter about a decade ago. He resulted in working as a yellow cab taxi driver when his Indian degrees were not accepted for Canadian certification.
While doing his work as a taxi driver on September 2, 2012, a tipsy female passenger boarded his cab and fell asleep almost immediately after telling him where she was headed. Gill started assaulting her sexually after blocking the security camera’s view of the inside of the cab by putting the visor on the passenger side down. He began by touching her leg, to which the passenger said no and moved his hand aside, but Gill continued by sticking two fingers into her private part after pushing her underwear aside, she moved closer to the passenger side door after shouting stop and hitting his forearm.
In his sentencing proceedings, the judge rejected any consideration for suspended sentence or a sentence below six months which could have guaranteed Gill’s stay in Canada, calling the conduct disgraceful and disgusting.
He was given three years jail term in 2015 following his conviction in 2014. The conviction and sentencing were upheld in 2017 following Gill’s fight to B.C.’s Court of Appeal. In November 2017, he was given deportation order but has since been fighting it until federal court’s decision last week.
Gill said he does not want to live his wife with two kids without support in Canada and he is also afraid of returning to India where his parents are already being maltreated because of his actions.
The judge however said these things cannot stop his deportation as he breached social contract by his actions.
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