Sarbjit Bains sentenced to 18 years without parole eligibility for three slayings

By Jennifer Saltman, The Province

A Surrey man who choked three people to death has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 18 years.
Sarbjit Bains, 33, pleaded guilty in April to manslaughter in the death of 29-year-old Amritpal Saran, and two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Jill Lyons, 45, and Karen Nabors, 48. They were killed in on Feb. 23, Aug. 9 and Aug. 25, 2013.
He was sentenced in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster on Wednesday morning.
According to an agreed statement of facts read at Bains’s sentencing hearing, on Feb. 23, 2013, Bains and his common-law partner Evelina Urbaniak called Saran to bring drugs to their Surrey apartment. That afternoon, the three drank and did cocaine together, something they had done before on a number of occasions.
Urbaniak went to bed in the evening, and the two men continued to drink and do drugs. Bains went to the bathroom at one point and when he returned he found Saran naked and about to get into bed with Urbaniak.
Bains put Saran in a choke hold and dragged him out of the room. He believed he used too much force and killed Saran.
Bains and Urbaniak put Saran’s body into a large plastic container, taped a second container over top and put him in Urbaniak’s car. They dumped Saran’s body on Colebrook Road and Bains set it on fire with gasoline.
Saran’s remains were found the next day by a woman and her grandson who were driving in the area.
Six months later Bains contacted Lyons and Nabors, who advertised online as escorts, two weeks apart. He arranged to meet them at their apartments, which were in the same building in New Westminster, intending to rob them.
He arrived at their apartments and tried to intimidate them. When they screamed, he put them in choke holds until they stopped, kicked them and then searched their apartments for valuables. He stole credit and debit cards, cash and cellphones before leaving.
Crown and defence made a joint submission at Bains’s sentencing hearing for life sentences with no chance of parole for 18 years for the two murders, and a 10-year prison sentence for the manslaughter charge. They asked that all sentences run concurrently.
According to court records, Justice Miriam Maisonville acceded to the joint submission.
In February, Urbaniak received a conditional sentence of two years less a day plus three years of probation for her role in disposing of Saran’s remains.

Abbotsford homeless shouldn’t be blamed for defecating in parks: lawyer

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — The Canadian Press

He wants a B.C. Supreme Court judge to declare such tactics unconstitutional.

The city is blaming the homeless for leaving human waste and garbage at camps but isn’t providing needed services, Wotherspoon told Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson on Tuesday.

“People make garbage, people have to urinate, people have to defecate. They have to do it somewhere,” he said.

“Blaming Abbotsford’s homeless for the existence of those circumstances is, effectively, blaming the victim,” said Wotherspoon, who represents the War Drug Survivors.

“Suggesting that Abbotsford’s homeless should be responsible for the choice of being homeless is wrong.

“There are real choices being made, but those are choices that relate to the city — the choice not to provide a variety of services.”

Wotherspoon has told the trial, which began in June, that police have pepper sprayed the homeless and city workers dumped chicken manure on a campsite two years ago in an effort to get them to move on.

Lawyers for the city were expected to make closing arguments later Tuesday in response to the lawsuit.

The War Drug Survivors represent at least 151 homeless people and maintain that the city’s 25 available shelter beds, provided by the Salvation Army, can’t accommodate everyone.

Abbotsford has already presented evidence suggesting more housing is available, but the group counters that most of the spaces are difficult to access, especially for drug addicts.

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association is an intervener in the case and its lawyer also argued in favour of striking down the bylaws.

“It falls to the city to craft the bylaws that respect constitutional rights,” said Alison Latimer.