15 April 2024

Uber driver loses appeal for indecent act, to be deported

Auckland’s Nitin Mittal who indecently assaulted a 14-year-old boy while working as an Uber driver, will now be deported after losing his appeal against his conviction.

The Court of Appeals decision was released yesterday wherein his earlier sentencing and conviction by the Auckland District Court were upheld.

According to the court case, Mittal indecently assaulted the boy while driving him home from a local post office in October 2016.

After initially arguing in the court that the teenager had initiated it, he eventually pleaded guilty in March 2017 to one charge of indecent act.

Judge Philippa Cunningham rejected his appeal to be discharged without conviction, and sentenced Mittal to two months’ community detention and 12 months’ intensive supervision.

Mittal then appealed both his conviction and sentence to the Court of Appeal and in yesterday’s decision, Justice Peters dismissed the appeal.

After his conviction, Mittal was served with a deportation liability notice in early 2018. But his appeal to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal was also dismissed.

As of now, Mittal, whose children were born in New Zealand, has no choice but to leave New Zealand shortly.

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