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.

Taxi Driver Arminder Singh Jailed Over Fatal Crash In Australia

MELBOURNE  – A 30-year-old Indian-origin taxi driver in Australia has been sentenced two years in prison, suspended after four months, on charges of dangerously operating a vehicle that caused the death of a man last year.

Arminder Singh was sentenced on Friday after he pleaded guilty to the charges.

“It was a short-lived mistake with catastrophic consequences,” judge Brian Devereaux told Singh, as he sentenced him in Brisbane district court recently.

Dean Thomasson, 47, was on his way home to Cornubia where he lived with his parents when he was hit by the cab driven by Singh late one July night last year.

Dean later died from his fatal injuries.

“He was the love of our lives,” Helen Thomasson, mother of Dean who was deaf from a young age, said.

“When we got the phone call to come and identify him, 12 months ago today, it broke our hearts,” she said.

The court heard that Singh, who was now an Australian citizen, has a wife and a baby in India.

It was told that his jail term would affect the family as there was no social security in India.

Devereaux sentenced him to two years, suspended after four months, and banned him from driving for nine months.

Surrey trucker Dhillon faces multiple charges after U.S. crash kills woman

BY JENNIFER SALTMAN-The Province

Surrey -A Surrey, B.C., truck driver has been charged in connection with a fiery crash that killed one person and injured numerous others on an Ohio highway last month.

Rahmatkarn Singh Dhillon, 24, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and a traffic violation.

On the afternoon of July 31, Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to a six-vehicle crash on Interstate 76 (also called the Ohio Turnpike) in Austintown Township.

According to a police news release, all vehicles involved were travelling west on the turnpike when the crash happened. Three vehicles in the left lane had slowed and two in the right had stopped due to a lane closure, but a Volvo tractor-trailer unit driven by Dhillon apparently failed to stop and drove down the middle of both lanes, striking three vehicles — one of which hit a fourth — and then plowing into a Dodge Caravan.

The Caravan, which had two adults and two children inside, was pinned against the right side bridge wall by the trailer and caught fire. The trailer also caught fire.

According to reports, bystanders helped remove the driver of the minivan, Michael Gardner, and his children from the vehicle. His wife, 44-year-old Stacy Gardner, was trapped in the rear of the van and died at the scene.

Eight people were injured, including Michael Gardner and his children. Dhillon and two others were uninjured.

On Aug. 3, bond for Dhillon was set at $150,000 cash or surety. According to court records, that bond has not yet been posted.

The case has been bound over to the court of common pleas in Mahoning County, Ohio, to await the action of the grand jury.

According to Facebook, Dhillon received his Class 1 driver’s licence in January.

A person named Rahmatkarn Dhillon who is also 24 years old has had three violation tickets in the past two years, according to online court records.

On April 6, 2013, he was issued a ticket in Richmond for failing to wear or improperly wearing a seatbelt.

He was also ticketed in September 2014 for speeding and passing on the right in Hope.