Student faces 15 months jail then deportation after drunken sex assault at university residence (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Student faces 15 months jail then deportation after drunken sex assault at university residence
2:36pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A MALE student has been jailed for 15 months for a sexual assault on Lancaster University campus.
Lancashire Police said today that Xiaoqi Wang, 22, of Furness College, Lancaster University, was today sentenced at Preston Crown Court having been found guilty last month of three counts of sexual assault.
Police said that after Wang has served the sentence, the Home Office will also deport him to his home country of China.
As he has received a prison sentence of more than 12 months but less than four years, Wang will not be able to re-enter the UK for at least 10 years.
Police said the offence took place in the early hours of Sunday October 21 last year when Wang in a drunken state, entered the room of a fellow student and sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman who was visiting at the time.
DC Paul Donnelly of Lancaster CID said: “It is important students know that the Lancaster University campus is a very safe place and this assault was a very rare instance. Crime on campus is historically very low thanks to the efforts of the Neighbourhood Policing Team that covers campus, the university's Security team and the network of college porters, and all will continue with their efforts to ensure crime on campus stays low.
"Sexual offences can cause victims an incredible amount of emotional distress. This means it is very important students and the wider population of Lancaster know we take offences like this very seriously, and will always look to prosecute sexual offenders.
"Offences of this nature are never acceptable. Drunkenness is neither an excuse nor a defence for such reprehensible actions, and this is reflected in the custodial sentence given to Xiaoqi today and the fact that he will be faced with deportation at some point."
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