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SARBJIT Bains, 32, of Surrey has been charged with one count of second-degree murder and indignity to human remains in connection with the murder of Amritpal Saran, whose badly burned body was found in the 12100 block of Colebrook Road in Surrey on February 24, 2013.
Evelina Urbaniak, 36, of Surrey has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder and indignity to human remains.
Bains has also been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the murders of Jill Lyons and Karen Nabors, who were friends and worked as online escorts.
Lyons body was found in her apartment in the 200 block of 11th Street in New Westminster on August 12, 2013.
Less than two weeks later, on August 25, Nabors’ body was found inside her apartment in the same New Westminster complex.
Following autopsies, further analysis was required to determine the cause of death but results ultimately showed that both women were the victims of foul play, police said.
On January 3, The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) arrested Bains and Urbaniak.
The victim’s families and Supt. Kevin Hackett, Officer in Charge of IHIT, New Westminster Police Chief Constable Dave Jones and Chief Supt. Bill Fordy, Officer in Charge of Surrey RCMP addressed the media on Monday.
Saran’s sister, Simrit, said he had a heart of gold. She said: “to the cowards who did this to our Amrit, you must have thought you got away. But this is just the beginning. Your suffering starts now.”
Police said surveillance footage taken from buildings and businesses near the crime scenes was important in solving the murders and suggested that the murders weren’t totally random.
LAST February police said that Saran of Delta was known to them but had no known gang association.
IHIT Cpl. Adam MacIntosh said at the time: “At this early stage in the investigation, the reasons for his death remain a mystery. The cause of death is information that is not being released.”
Saran had a long criminal record with convictions for assault on a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, and uttering threats. Also, he had many traffic violations.
The victim was found just a few blocks away from where the body of 26-year-old Jaskaran Singh Sandhu was discovered on January 28, 2013, in a grassy area on the side of the road in the 12300-block of Colebrook Road in south Surrey, a rural area north of Highway 99 on the Surrey / Delta border.