Assault on call girl nets 18 months’ probation

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 Daryl Slade

Calgary Herald

Tuesday » March 25 » 2008

CALGARY – A 51-year-old man will not have to spend any more time in jail, but will have a short leash on him for 18 months, after pleading guilty to his fifth assault on a sex trade worker over the past decade.Provincial court Judge Anne Brown sentenced Udhay Chandra to time served after giving him double credit for nearly five months he has been in custody since his arrest.

Brown also placed Chandra on probation for one year and he still has 18 months to serve on another probation term from his last assault conviction on another female sex trade worker in 2006.

He has a sexual assault on another prostitute in 2001 for which, along with another assault, he was sentenced to two years less a day in jail.

Chandra has been convicted of drinking and driving three times and communication with a prostitute once among other criminal convictions.

Chandra had been facing charges of sexual assault, unlawful confinement and robbery, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

The judge ordered him to abstain from alcohol or illicit drugs and to take counseling for alcohol abuse, domestic violence and anger management.

He also must have no contact with the latest victim, to whom he must pay $250 restitution for a missing cell phone, or any other prostitute. Chandra is also prohibited from attending within a two-block radius of five strolls specifically identified in his probation order.

The Oct. 11 incident happened at a house in the northeast community of Mayland Heights.

Chandra was subject to a three-year probation term at the time of the incident, with clauses preventing him from having contact with prostitutes or consuming alcohol.

According to previous court hearings, he phoned an escort agency to send an escort to the neighbour’s home, which was under renovation and which he had no legal right to enter, and waited for her to arrive.

When she saw there was no furniture, she wanted to leave, but he grabbed her arm.

Defence lawyer Joan Blumer had argued her client should be released. She said he paid the escort $165, and when she decided to leave before she earned it, he grabbed her only to get back his money.

dslade@theherald.canwest.com

http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=d14661f8-83d4-40fc-aa80-87fdb71a2e22&k=31352

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