Engineer to be deported after stalking boss's daughter

A LOVESTRUCK Abhinav Singh was unrelenting in the way he stalked his boss's daughter in Gladstone.

The engineer declared war, determined to get the young woman, swamping her with hundreds of texts, phone calls and voice messages, ignoring warnings from police and her father who told Singh he was frightening his daughter.

Instead, police prosecutor Nina Sulzer told Gladstone Magistrates Court that Singh, 33, professed his love saying: "I have now officially declared a war to get ***** at any cost".

In chilling words to the young woman's father, Singh said: "In this war I will fight brave battles with whoever comes in my way."

Singh pleaded guilty to stalking the woman between July 14 and August 28 in Gladstone and elsewhere in Queensland.

"I am guilty, I plead guilty," Singh said when he went before magistrate Mark Morrow via a telephone hook-up from a Queensland Detention Centre where he was being held after his arrest by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

The Indian-born professional is on a Canadian passport and will be deported, leaving behind his wife who is a doctor in Rockhampton, and their two children.

Ms Sulzer said the woman had been his work colleague who never expressed any romantic interest in Singh, instead telling police Singh was in "fantasyland".

She said Singh went through office records to get her mobile phone number.

In one text Singh apologised for the 'trauma' and he also admitted following the woman and her boyfriend around the Stockland shops.

When Singh went on holiday to India the Gladstone woman kept receiving missed calls and voice messages from international numbers that she tried to block.

She also discovered Singh had looked through her Facebook profile and in desperation the woman contacted his wife in Rockhampton.

"She (the victim) believes he was living in fantasyland. She was in no way romantically inclined toward him and she sought the assistance of police," Ms Sulzer said.

"He said it was no fantasy but was acting out of his heart."

In other incidents Singh twice went to the family home and had argued with her father, telling him he officially declared war.

He had responded to a police email to stop all contact by stating he would continue to pursue her until he got a message from her stating she did not love him.

"I'm in love with *******. It's my right to express my love to her. I will continue to call her," he told police.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said Singh was attracted to the woman but mistook her friendliness at work for something more.

"His stupidity of behaviour will cause long-lasting consequences to his wife and children. He was here on a temporary resident's visa. No, they are not filing for divorce at this stage."

Mr Pepito said Singh's wife contacted Immigration and he was now waiting to be deported.

Mr Morrow said Singh's actions had significant consequences for him. He was fined $2000 and ordered not to contact or go near the woman for two years.



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