Student sentenced to 2 months in jail for elevator assault
A St. John's university student has been sentenced to two months in jail after sexually assaulting a student in a campus elevator.
Farhood Azarsina, 25, had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual assault. He will spend another 18 days in jail, on top of time already served, a provincial court judge ruled Wednesday.
Azarsina pushed a woman's arms aside and then kissed one of her breasts in an incident at Memorial University's main campus last September.
At the time, Azarsina admitted to the incident, but said it was "nothing serious."
The Crown had asked for a three-month sentence, but judge David Orr decided on two months. Azarsina was credited with 42 days for the amount of time he had already spent in custody.
Brian Wentzell, the lawyer acting for Azarsina, a graduate engineering student from Iran, had argued for a discharge, on grounds that a conviction could hurt his client's academic career.
The victim in the case told the court earlier this month that she has trouble sleeping, and that the experience was devastating.