A SOLIHULL businessman who spiked the drinks of two students in a bid to lure them into sex has been jailed.
Ganga Siriwardhana, of Warwick Road, arranged separate dates with the women in Birmingham city centre in April and May last year after speaking to them over Chinese social media channels using a fake identity.
The 51-year-old then discreetly spiked the drinks of the university students, who were both from China, with clozapine which can lead to severe drowsiness.
One of the women collapsed in a restaurant and other diners became suspicious as Siriwardhana tried to take her out. Officers were called and concerns were raised after he appeared to have deliberately poured a drink onto the floor.
Despite claims it was an accident, officers sent the glass for forensic analysis where the presence of drugs were established.
Just weeks later Siriwardhana also spiked the drinks of another woman but a member of the public saw her drowsy state and called police.
When the police arrived 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 was studying Chinese at the time denied charges of administering a noxious substance with intent to commit a sexual act.
He was convicted after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court and jailed for six years.
DC Laurence Green, from force CID, said: “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.
“There may have been more Chinese women who were targeted by him and we would urge anyone else who may have been a victim to come forward and speak to us.”
Anyone who believes that their drink has been spiked should call 999 immediately.
West Midlands Police have issued the following advice to help prevent drink spiking:
*Never leave your drink unattended and keep an eye on your friends’ drinks.
*Don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know.
*Consider sticking to bottled drinks and avoiding punch bowls or jugs of cocktails.
*Don’t give out your address to someone you’ve just met.
*If you think your drink has been tampered with, don’t drink it – tell a trusted friend or relative immediately.
*Before going out, let someone know where you’re going and what time you expect to be home.
*Make plans for your journey home.