WHALLEY - Police have charged two men - again - in the 2004 murder of Amandeep Singh Bath.
Bath, 27, was shot in the head, in the 9100-block of 125th Street, at about 3 a.m. Sept. 24, 2004.
Parminder Singh Basran and Bhabjit Singh Aujla were charged in the killing in 2005, but the charges against them were dropped for lack of evidence. Basran had been charged with using a firearm to commit second-degree murder and Aujla had been charged with using a firearm to commit manslaughter.
“Both individuals were charged with homicide-related charges, however, these charges were stayed in 2005 as Crown concluded the available evidence did not support a viable prosecution at the time,” said Sgt. Jennifer Pound, spokeswoman for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.
Bath had been shot execution-style beside a silver Mercedes and two men were seen leaving the area in a black pickup truck.
On Friday, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced that Basran, 28, has been charged with second-degree murder and Aujla, 29, has been charged with manslaughter, in the nine-year-old case. They made their first court appearance in Surrey provincial court on Monday.
Supt. Kevin Hackett, in charge of IHIT, said the cold-case unit, formed in March 2012, has presented new evidence to the Crown after working “very hard over the last year and a half.
"I cannot discuss specific evidence," Hackett said. “The matter is before the courts.”
Bath’s aunt, Kamaljit Khela, said her family often watched the news and noticed other murder cases being solved very quickly. “We never gave up hope, and wondered when our time would come,” she said.
Chief Supt. Bill Fordy, in charge of the Surrey RCMP, said his thoughts are with Bath’s family. “I know that this has been a long and painful journey,” he said. “My hope is that these arrests will help bring some form of resolve to them.”
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