Melbourne: An Indian student was on Wednesday handed down a jail term of two-and-a-half years by an Australian court, which found him guilty of recklessly causing serious injuries to a group of compatriots during a road rage attack.
25-year-old Gurdeep Singh Mann, who lives in Victoria, will have to serve at least 18 months of his two-and-a-half-year sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.He is expected to face deportation after serving the prison term, local media reported.
Mann was driving near Glenhuntly Road in Melbourne's south in June 2009 when he narrowly missed hitting three pedestrians who were also his fellow countrymen, the Victorian County Court heard.
He drove in front of the men and stopped a short distance away when he heard them hurling abuse in his native language, Judge Frank Gucciardo was quoted as saying.
Mann and his passenger got out of the car to confront the men and the group began exchanging insults, pushing, shoving and punching each other,Judge Gucciardo said. Mann's friend, a hospitality student,grabbed one of his cooking knives from the car and started slashing at two of the men.
After the jury found Mann guilty on two counts of recklessly causing serious injury, he was sentenced to two-and -a-half years' jail term and ordered that he serve 18 months before becoming eligible for parole.
Mann would probably be deported on his release because of his criminal record.