VIJAY Singh, a resident of both Burnaby and Toronto, and John Le of Markham, Ontario, were last week convicted of the kidnapping and second-degree murder of Harjinder Singh Sandhu, 28, of Brampton, and Puneet Singh Chhina, 26, of Nepean, Ontario, by a jury. Both men had been charged with first-degree murder.
The bodies of the victims were found in the trunk of a vehicle parked near Rosebank Road and the 4th Concession of Pickering, Ontario, on May 5, 2009. The men had been bound by tape and shot in the head.
Sandhu was awaiting trial for allegedly smuggling 30 kilograms of cocaine across the border. He was reportedly the driver of a transport truck that had bricks of cocaine with a street value of $3.8 million packed in a load of California oranges. He was arrested at the Ambassador Bridge on May 5, 2007.
The court heard that Sandhu was targeted because it was suspected that he stole a shipment of cocaine that belonged to Vijay Singh. Chhina just happened to be present with Sandhu when the latter was lured to Vijay Singh’s house in Scarborough, Toronto, with an offer of cheap heroin.
DNA evidence, phone and financial records and a former criminal colleague’s testimony helped convict the two men.
Ontario’s Durham Regional Police arrested John Le, then 38 years old, in January 2010. They arrested Vijay Singh, then 29 years old, with the assistance of the RCMP in B.C., in February 2010.
More details in this weekend’s ASIAN JOURNAL.
– ASIAN JOURNAL REPORT