Sri Lankan asylum seeker Daxchan Selvarajah in custody over Macquarie University sex assault
The Daily Telegraph
February 27, 2013 10:54AM
A SRI Lankan asylum seeker accused of indecently assaulting a young university student will remain in custody until at least next month after his first appearance in a Sydney court this morning.
Daxchan Selvarajah, 21, didn't apply for bail in Central Local Court after his arrest at Central Station yesterday morning over the assault on a sleeping female student at Macquarie University.
He was charged with aggravated breaking and entering, and indecent assault after allegedly forcing his way into the university's student accommodation about 3.20am.
The 20-year-old woman woke during the incident and her attacker fled.
Outside the court, Selvarajah's lawyer Ken Robinson said his client was "doing well", although he was "feeling the strains a little bit" in custody.
He would not say whether the Sri Lankan national intended to fight the charges.
Immigration officials yesterday confirmed the 21-year-old was on a bridging visa, but he was not staying in the university housing - where 55 asylum seekers are living.
Selvarajah was believed to be visiting other asylum seekers at the facility.
It has been revealed a security guard arrived within minutes of the alleged attack but failed to call police at the time, with authorities not notified until 9.56am according to official records.
Selvarajah is due to appear in Parramatta Local Court next month.