Accused Ryan Amit Singh Parmar in gun case entitled to police evidence linking him to murder

Ryan Amit Singh Parmar was identified as suspect in 2013 Surrey homicide

BY KIM BOLAN, VANCOUVER SUN

A Metro Vancouver man charged with possessing a loaded firearm has a right to see other police files alleging his involvement in a 2013 gang murder, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled.

Justice Arne Silverman said Thursday that Ryan Amit Singh Parmar needs the additional disclosure by police to fully defend himself on a series of firearms charges.

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit got a court order to search Parmar’s car for a tracking device on May 1, 2013. At the time, the anti-gang agency believed he was the target of a murder conspiracy.

Officers didn’t find the device, but did locate a secret compartment containing a loaded gun.

At the same time, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team had a separate investigation into the February 2013 murder in Surrey of Vimal Chand and had identified Parmar as a suspect. Parmar has not been charged in the Chand murder.

Parmar’s lawyer Rebecca McConchie is questioning the validity of the search warrant for the car, arguing it could have related more to the Chand investigation than protecting her client from a murder plot.

She argued she needed more information about the murder investigation in order to properly cross-examine the officer who found the gun.

And she said she needed to know when the special enforcement unit designated Parmar “a provincial tactical enforcement priority.”

Court heard about a Sept. 2013 letter written by an inspector “stating that the applicant is well known to police in the Lower Mainland and is currently embroiled in a gang conflict which has claimed several lives in the last two years in a series of high-profile public shootings.

“As such, Parmar has been identified as a provincial tactical enforcement priority,” the letter said.

Crown prosecutor Mike Huot argued that the additional disclosure being sought by Parmar was irrelevant to the issues raised about the search warrant.

And he said that CFSEU and IHIT are separate police entities, so the homicide squad should not be obligated to disclose its evidence in a case that is not before the courts.

Silverman agreed with the defence that Parmar was entitled to more disclosure.

“I am also satisfied that the two separate teams — IHIT and CFSEU — while distinct for various purposes, there is not a real distinction for disclosure purposes,” Silverman said. “They are both police forces. Fairness at trial issues prevail.”

Silverman ordered disclosure “of the police file on the Chand homicide and information on when the CFSEU designated the applicant a provincial tactical enforcement priority.”

However, he did not grant a more sweeping request for all police information about Parmar over several years, saying it amounted to a “fishing expedition.”

His judge-alone trial on the firearms charges is set to begin Nov. 16.

Pitbull -Rottweiler cross destroyed; girl recovers in hospital

BY RICHARD WATTS, TIMES COLONIST

VICTORIA — A 16-day-old baby girl is in hospital recovering from injuries she received when she was mauled by the family dog.

The dog, a pitbull-Rottweiler cross bred and 17-year family pet, has been destroyed.

Saanich police continue to investigate. The dog owners may face a charge of criminal negligence.

Police said in a press release they received a call in the early morning hours Sunday about a baby girl being mauled by the family dog in the Glanford area.

The child was taken to Victoria General Hospital where she remained Sunday evening with non-life-threatening injuries to her face. Police speculated she may later require plastic surgery.

The family agreed to have the animal euthanized after considering the seriousness of the incident.

Barbara Watt, president of the Victoria City Kennel Club, was appalled at the notion of crossing-breeding a Rottweiler with a pitbull.

“Perish the thought,” said Watt. “People who cross breeds like that probably have no idea what they are bringing into the world.”

“If you take a dog with the weight of a pitbull and particularly when you cross it with something like a Rottweiler you have a very powerful animal,” she said in an interview.

She said all dogs, even something tiny like a Chihuahua, can bite. And no dog, whatever the breed, should ever be allowed near a child without supervision.

Also, Watt said dogs get jealous of the attention that gets lavished on a new baby or a child. So a family must be extra careful if it has had a dog since it was a puppy and then bring in a human child.

“They have to be very careful of how they introduce those two,” she said.

Watt said one of the things making pitbulls unpredictable is the lack of established breeding patterns.

Kennel clubs have refused to recognize them as an established breed. Amateur breeders have selected and promoted the animals for their fighting prowess.

So it’s very unlikely anyone breeding a pitbull has a good notion of their animal’s pedigree or its background ancestry. It’s opposite to what happens when someone takes on a purebred, recognized breed from a reputable dog breeder.

Such animals grow physically to an expected size and their temperaments are reasonably predictable, said Watt.

Furthermore, a reputable breeder will often support and stand behind an animal and help a new owner become accustomed to their pet. Good breeders are mindful of the well-being of the dogs to which they have some connection.

“And very often you will have to wait for the puppy of your choice and even that is a good sign because it demonstrates the breeder isn’t breeding too frequently,” she said.