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TORONTO: Indo-Canadian driver Bhupinderpal Gill and his alleged lover Gurpreet Kaur Ronald will be tried jointly on charges of killing Gill’s wife in Ottawa in January.
Both Gill, 38, and Gurpreet, 34, are employed as drivers at Ottawa city’s OC Transpo. They are also family friends and neighbours.
Gill’s wife Jagtar was found stabbed to death in her home on January 29 – the day was the couple’s 17th wedding anniversary.
Both Gill and Gurpreet were arrested last week and charged with first-degree murder.
The alleged lovers made a brief court appearance via video on Wednesday from the Ottawa Carleton Regional Detention Centre. The prosecution said the two will be tried together in the case.
Lawyers for the two accused said they have yet to get details of the case made out against their clients before they apply for bail.
Gurpreet Ronald (her maiden surname is Brar), a mother of two, is married to a white man Jason Ronald who is also her fellow driver at the same transport company.
Gurpreet was banned from contacting her husband, but the court lifted the restriction on Wednesday, allowing her to contact her husband. The couple have two children.
Jagtar Gill’s body was found on the floor of the family’s living room by her 15-year-old daughter who had gone out with her father to buy a wedding cake for the couple’s 17th wedding anniversary. When they returned, the girl found Jagtar Gill stabbed to death, with her wrists and throat slit.
Initially, the police didn’t suspect her husband and neighbours. But with further investigations, they zeroed in on the suspects.
Gurpreet, who was not cooperative in the investigations, was called to police station last week, asked to give her blood sample, and promptly arrested on the basis on DNA evidence.
Gill was also arrested on Sunday. Probably, Gurpreet’s questioning led the cops to arrest Gill.