Skip to main content

Australian teenager jailed for 13 years for killing Indian student

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 6:50 AM EST, Thu December 22, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Australian teenager cannot be identified because of his age
  • He was 15 when he killed an Indian student while trying to steal his wallet
  • The case created tension between the Australian and Indian governments
  • He will have to serve a minimum 8 years of his 13 year sentence

(CNN) -- An Australian court sentenced a teenager to 13 years in prison on Thursday for killing an Indian student last year in a case that created tension between the Australian and Indian governments.

He was 15 years old when he stabbed the student, Nitin Garg, while trying to steal his wallet in Melbourne, said Richard Reed, an inspector with the Victoria Police in Australia.

The attack took place in January 2010 as Garg, 21, walked to work from a train station through a public park.

The killer, who could not be identified because of his age, must serve a minimum of eight years of his sentence, Reed said.

After the killing, the Indian government issued an advisory for its college students studying in Australia, warning them not to travel alone late at night. It said attacks on Indian students and the wider Indian community in Australia had been rising prior to the killing.

The Australian government insisted that the country was safe for international students.

CNN's Elizabeth Joseph contributed to this report.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 10:26 AM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
Advocates say the exam includes unnecessarily invasive and irrelevant procedures -- like a so-called "two finger" test.
updated 7:09 PM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Supplies of food, clothing and fuel are running short in Damascus and people are going hungry as the civil war drags on.
updated 1:01 PM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
Supporters of Richard III want a reconstruction of his head to bring a human aspect to a leader portrayed as a murderous villain.
updated 10:48 AM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Robert Fowler spent 130 days held hostage by the same al Qaeda group that was behind the Algeria massacre. He shares his experience.
updated 12:07 AM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
As "We are the World" plays, a video shows what looks like a nuclear attack on the U.S. Jim Clancy reports on a bizarre video from North Korea.
The relationship is, once again, cold enough to make Obama's much-trumpeted "reset" in Russian-U.S. relations seem thoroughly off the rails.
Ten years on, what do you think the Iraq war has changed in you, and in your country? Send us your thoughts and experiences.
updated 7:15 AM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Musician Daniela Mercury has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide over a career span of nearly 30 years.
Photojournalist Alison Wright travelled the world to capture its many faces in her latest book, "Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit."
updated 7:06 PM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Europol claims 380 soccer matches, including top level ones, were fixed - as the scandal widens, CNN's Dan Rivers looks at how it's done.
updated 7:37 AM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
That galaxy far, far away is apparently bigger than first thought. The "Star Wars" franchise will get two spinoff movies, Disney announced.
updated 2:18 AM EST, Fri February 8, 2013
It's an essential part of any trip, an activity we all take part in. Yet almost none of us are any good at it. Souvenir buying is too often an obligatory slog.
ADVERTISEMENT