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Student Amit Gupta jailed for raping woman in Aberdeen

Amit Gupta
Image caption Amit Gupta was found guilty of rape after a trial

A university student found guilty of raping a woman he took back to a flat in Aberdeen has been jailed for seven years.

Amit Gupta, 28, denied repeatedly raping the woman on Christmas Eve 2010 while she was incapable of giving or withholding consent.

The University of Aberdeen business administration student was also recommended for deportation.

Lord Tyre said the victim suffered "anguish and distress".

Gupta, of Aberdeen's Langstane Place, was jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh.

The judge said: "You took advantage of a girl who was too drunk to give her free agreement to sex.

"Rape is one of the most serious offences in our law. It is made worse in the present case by the element of calculation and planning that went into it.

"Her anguish and distress as a consequence of this traumatic incident were only too obvious."

Lord Tyre added: "I find it of considerable concern that even now, having heard your victim giving evidence at your trial, you seem unable to accept how wrong your actions were that night.

"I am in no doubt that the revulsion of society at what you have done has to be reflected in a custodial sentence."

Defence counsel David Moggach said first offender Gupta had come to Aberdeen to study.

He said: "He has been a law-abiding citizen. He came to this country to better himself."

Mr Moggach said Gupta was "absolutely devastated" by the jury's guilty verdict.

Gupta was placed on the sex offenders register for life.

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