Paramjeet Singh, a 39-year-old Indian national who has been in Australia since he was eight, faces deportation after the Administration Appeals Tribunal (AAT) upheld the cancellation of his permanent visa as a result of substantial criminal record.
Mr. Singh’s visa was canceled in April after he was convicted in an assault case in which he got 13 months jail term.
It was gathered that Singh’s father abandoned him with his mother in Delhi at age four. They reunited in Sydney in 1988 and became a permanent resident in 1998 after being on different visas.
Mr. Singh appealed against the cancellation of his visa. During the hearing, AAT revealed that the Indian national had been convicted of 30 different offenses. Assault, shoplifting, bail conditions, domestic violence, assault, credit card fraud and breaches of Apprehended Violence Orders are just few of the offenses he was convicted of. These offenses are serious ones according to AAT.
His criminal record dated back to as far as 19 years of age and continued to 2017. In 2015, he was convicted of assaulting a pharmacist and a security guard. He kicked and punched the pharmacist when he, alongside his partner, was caught shoplifting. He was thereafter sentenced to 12 months in jail. After signing a good behavior bond and agreeing not to re-offend, the sentence was suspended. In 2017, he broke his agreement and was sent to jail. His visa was also canceled.
Police reported instances of domestic violence between him and his partner in the AAT. A recorded phone conversation revealed Mr. Singh attempting to persuade his partner not to testify in court.
Mr. Singh’s family and partner want him to remain in Australia stating he is a changed man but AAT said his relationship with families and partner is a cynical disregard for their wellbeing.
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