MAN JAILED FOR SPIK­ING DRINKS OF STU­DENTS

Busi­ness­man tar­geted Chi­nese women in bid to lure them into sex

Solihull News - - FRONT PAGE - CHAR­LOTTE PAXTON char­lotte. paxton@ reach­plc. com

A SOLI­HULL busi­ness­man used a fake ID to ar­range dates with univer­sity stu­dents – then drugged them in an at­tempt to lure them into sex.

Ganga Siri­ward­hana ar­ranged sep­a­rate dates with the women in Birm­ing­ham city cen­tre in April and May last year, af­ter speak­ing to them over Chi­nese so­cial me­dia, a court was told.

The 51- year- old then spiked the drinks of the stu­dents, who were both from China, with cloza­p­ine which can lead to se­vere drowsi­ness.

But his at­tempts to drug the women were foiled by ea­gle- eyed mem­bers of the pub­lic, who be­came sus­pi­cious.

One of the women col­lapsed in a restau­rant and other din­ers no­ticed as Siri­ward­hana tried to take her out.

Of­fi­cers were called and con­cerns were raised af­ter he ap­peared to have de­lib­er­ately poured a drink on to the floor. De­spite claims it was an ac­ci­dent, of­fi­cers sent the glass for foren­sic anal­y­sis where the pres­ence of drugs were es­tab­lished.

Siri­ward­hana also spiked the drinks of an­other woman – just weeks later – but a mem­ber of the pub­lic saw her drowsy state and called po­lice.

Of­fi­cers at­tended but Siri­ward­hana had al­ready driven off and the vic­tim was taken to hos­pi­tal. Tests later con­firmed she had been drugged and it was quickly es­tab­lished that Siri­ward­hana was re­spon­si­ble.

Siri­ward­hana, of War­wick Road, Soli­hull, and study­ing Chi­nese at the time, de­nied charges of ad­min­is­ter­ing a nox­ious sub­stance with in­tent to com­mit a sex­ual act.

He has been jailed for six years af­ter a trial at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court.

DC Lau­rence Green, from West Mid­lands Po­lice CID, said: “Drink spik­ing is il­le­gal, re­gard­less of whether an at­tack or as­sault is car­ried out after­wards. Vic­tims can be left with a loss of con­trol through ab­so­lutely no fault of their own.

“This was some­thing that Siri­ward­hana was prey­ing on to lure them into sex.

“I would like to thank the pub­lic who stepped in on both oc­ca­sions when they saw what was hap­pen­ing and called us; their in­ter­ven­tions were cru­cial in thwart­ing his main in­ten­tions.”

Ganga Siri­ward­hana was jailed for six years

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