5 May 2019: A number of mainstream media outlets have named the Nepalese national who was earlier flown in from US and charged with raping a 21-year-old woman in Sydney’s south nearly two years ago.
The 35-year-old accused has been named as “Balram Shiv”. According to an Australian Associated Press report, the man did not apply for bail when his case was heard in Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday morning.
Anyone with Nepalese background would readily agree that the name sounds rather incomplete or misspelt. However, at least two Australian media websites have mentioned the name exactly so.
Pictures of the man who successfuly hid his face from the police lens were run by a number of media outlets earlier today including by southasia.comau.
A team of Australian police personnel had flown to Los Angeles where they took over custody of the accused from the local authorities.
NSW Police Detectives, along with Balram Shiv, arived at the Sydney airport yesterday morning when he was driven straight to Kogarah Police Station which is only a short distance from where the alleged sexual offence took place in June 2007.
“It’s alleged the man sexually and indecently assaulted a 21-year-old woman at a Carlton unit on Wednesday 14 June 2017,” a police statement in relation to the extradition of the Nepalese man reads.
Carlton, the suburb where the alleged offences took place, is close to Rockdale which is an extremely popular suburb among Nepalese-speaking students and migrants.
The accused was arrested by NYPD – United States Marshall Service Task Force officers in New York on 17 January, police said, by virtue of a Federal Warrant.
US authorities handed over the custody of the accused to Australian detectives from St George Police Area Command after the two sides met in Los Angeles. American authorities had escorted the Nepalese man from New York where he was arrested in January.
Although police have not yet revealed the accused’s country of origin, a number of major Australian media outlets have described him as “a Nepalese”.
He has been charged with two counts of sexual intercourse without consent and five counts of assault with act of indecency.