No bail in Syd asylum seeker assault case

An asylum seeker charged with indecently assaulting a student in a university dorm in Sydney has been denied bail

A Sri Lankan asylum seeker charged with indecently assaulting a woman in her university accommodation will remain behind bars after being refused bail by a Sydney magistrate

Appearing via audio visual link in Parramatta Local Court on Thursday, Daxchan Selvarajah, 21, was refused bail by Magistrate Michelle Goodwin, who said there was a strong likelihood of further offending

Ms Goodwin said it was «inappropriate» to grant bail because of the serious nature of the charge

«Of concern to me is the lack of any ties to the community by the accused,» she said

«The most important thing is the protection and welfare of the witnesses in this matter.»

Police allege Selvarajah entered a unit in Culloden Road at Macquarie University about 3.30am (AEDT) on February 21 and put his hand down the pyjama pants of a 20-year-old female student

He was charged with two counts of aggravated entering a dwelling with intent to commit indecent assault and one count of indecent assault

Ms Goodwin said there were concerns Selvarajah would fail to make his next court appearance

The court was told that at the time of the alleged offence, Selvarajah had not been permitted to reside at the university complex

Opposing bail, crown prosecutor Razia Shafiq told the court that on February 15, Selvarajah was taken to the Macquarie University village by a friend

«He was not authorised to be living there,» Ms Shafiq said

She said Selvarajah arrived in the country on September 10, 2012, and moved to a Serco facility in Queensland

On February 12 this year, he was released by the Department of Immigration and granted a bridging visa, and afterwards arrived in Sydney

But the court was told Selvarajah had failed to comply with a requirement to inform the department of his new accommodation at a western Sydney address

«The offence allegedly occurred shortly after he arrived, and … when he was released he did not inform the department of that (new) address,» Ms Shafiq said

«There is a likelihood of further offences.»

Ms Shafiq indicated the crown would seek a custodial sentence

Selvarajah’s lawyer Greg Barnes told the court the charges would be «rigorously fought» and a custodial sentence was not appropriate

«Most of the matters of this nature … the evidence will be one against one,» Mr Barnes said


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