Indian-origin man, lover get life term for his wife’s murder in Canada

  • HT Correspondent, Toronto
  • Updated: Jul 22, 2016 00:04 IST

An Indo-Canadian man and his mistress were served life sentence, without the option for parole for 25 years, after being found guilty by a jury for murder of his wife in January 2014.

The accused, 40-year-old Bhupinderpal Gill and 37-year-old Gurpreet Ronald, were then in an extramarital relationship. Finding them guilty of first-degree murder after nine-week trial in the Ottawa Superior Court, the jury sided with the investigators’ testimony that Ronald had killed Bhupinderpal’s wife Jagtar Gill (43).

The murder took place when Bhupinderpal left home on January 29, 2014, and Ronald went there and killed Jagtar, who was bedridden and was recovering from surgery. Police said Ronald repeatedly bludgeoned Jagtar, a mother of three, and also stabbed her. That day also happened to be the victim’s 17th wedding anniversary.

Ronald was arrested by police on April 7; Bhupinderpal was taken into custody a week later.

According to reports of the trial, emotions ran high in the courtroom as the verdict was reached. The proceedings ended after Jagtar’s niece Ramandeep Chahal read out an anguished statement on behalf of her family, which said: “Jagtar’s children have been robbed of a mother’s love. There is no closure, as we often hear. There is no moving on. There’s nothing, and we mean absolutely nothing, that makes you feel better. They say time heals all wounds but we have to disagree. The only thing time has done for our family is to move the tragic loss of Jagtar further away. It hasn’t made it better.”

The conspirators had met while they worked bus drivers in Ottawa. A secret affair ensued, leading to the horrific killing. Gurpreet, a mother of two girls, is married to Jason Ronald who is also a driver with the same company in Ottawa.

During her testimony, Gurpreet admitted that she had an affair with Bhupinderpal, but she told the jury that her sexual relationship with him was not satisfactory and that she was also having an affair with another fellow driver.

Her lawyer told the jury that she depended on Bhupinderpal only for “emotional support, a shoulder to cry upon” and she had no intention of being with him.

During his testimony, Bhupinderpal told the jury that he ended his affair with Gurpreet in 2013 before his wife was killed in January 2014.

During the trial, a psychic also testified that Bhupinderpal and Gurpreet had consulted her about their future together. Gurpreet’s husband also testified, telling the jury how his wife tried to attack him with a knife many times.

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