Australian teen gets 13-years jail for killing Nitin Garg

In a judgment of a murder case in Australia, 13-years jail sentence given to an Australian teen for killing an Indian student, Nitin Garg in a Melbourne park in January last year.

The murder case had turned out to be a diplomatic row.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named, confessed in the court that he killed Nitin Garg.

In the meantime, Nitin Garg was an accounting graduate and was stabbed multiple times as he walked to work in Melbourne.

The 17-year-old, who found guilty in killing and attempted robbery, had been trying to steal his mobile phone.

Judge Paul Coghlan said that the crime was opportunistic rather than racist, while Nitin Garg had been an “innocent and random victim”.

Moreover, the 17-year old will be eligible for parole in eight years.

Nitin Garg’s death followed several muggings as well as beatings of Indian students in Australia.

All this matter thereafter led to street protests in cities like Melbourne and Sydney in 2009, and sharp comments from the Indian government.

In addition, central government of India also issued a travel advisory for Melbourne in the matter of Nitin Garg’s death.

The Australian police said during the mid of 2009 that they believed some of the attacks were racially motivated and some were opportunistic.

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