Surrey: A second degree murder charge has now been laid against one man in a 2017 homicide in Surrey.

In the early morning hours of Wednesday August 2, 2017, the Surrey RCMP received a report of a car fire in the 18700-block of 24 Avenue. Frontline officers and emergency responders arrived on scene to find the body of 19-year-old Bhavkiran Dhesi inside the burnt vehicle. Her death was deemed a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called in.

IHIT has been advancing the investigation since the onset and has gathered significant evidence that was forwarded to the B.C. Prosecution Service for charge approval consideration. On May 10, 21-year-old Harjot Deo was arrested by IHIT investigators and Crown Counsel has charged him with second degree murder in relation to Miss Dhesi’s death.

“IHIT investigators worked tirelessly since August of 2017 to gather sufficient evidence to support criminal charges,” says Superintendent Donna Richardson, Officer-in-Charge of IHIT. “This was a complex investigation with considerable contributions made by IHIT’s policing partners and is yet another example of the positive outcomes made when IHIT and its partners work cohesively towards a common goal.”

“Miss Dhesi was a strong young woman with a promising future ahead of her. At her young age, she had already persevered through challenges and adversity in her life. Miss Dhesi’s loss will continue to be felt by her family and friends as well as our community,” says Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Officer-in-Charge of Surrey RCMP. “I hope that there can be some comfort in knowing that a suspect has been now been charged,” says Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Officer-in-Charge of Surrey RCMP.

Mr. Deo will make his next court appearance on May 27, 2019.

Notwithstanding the second degree murder charge against Mr. Deo, the investigation remains active.  IHIT investigators believe there are still individuals who have important information about this case that have not come forward.

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is urged to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at