Indian-origin cabbie pleads guilty to raping woman passenger in Australia

Sydney: An Indian-origin taxi driver in Australia's capital city Canberra today pleaded guilty to raping an inebriated woman passenger while she was returning from a late night party.

Neelander Neel Sirohi, 31, had earlier pleaded not guilty to the rape charges at an Australian magistrate's court but today changed his plea to guilty before the Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court.

Sirohi picked up the woman, who was returning from a night out, at 3.20 am from a taxi stand near the Civic bus interchange in August 2013, the Canberra Times reported.

The woman had told police that she had little memory of the ordeal as she was heavily intoxicated, having consumed alcohol and prescription medication, and was feeling sleepy during the drive.

Sirohi allegedly sexually assaulted her while she was in the front seat of the car and then took her to his home in Harrison where he raped her before dropping her home.

On returning home, the woman complaint to her mother and she was later medically examined, police alleged in court documents.

Justice John Burns today ordered a pre-sentence report be completed, and Sirohi will be brought back to court in August.

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