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Surrey man wrongfully convicted of sexual assault

SURREY (NEWS1130) – A special prosecutor says a miscarriage of justice occurred in a 2005 sexual assault conviction that led to a four-year prison sentence for a BC man.

Gurdev Singh Dhillon was convicted of being one of two men who took part in a brutal July 2004 sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman in Surrey.

Crown spokesman Neil MacKenzie says justice officials became aware in 2011 that evidence about the case was not disclosed to the Crown, and therefore not disclosed to the defendant.

Special prosecutor Peter Wilson was appointed and Delta Police took over the investigation from RCMP.

Wilson has now approved sexual assault charges against two men: Mohammed Zaaid Ukhttar and Sital Singh Bhatti, who are scheduled to appear in court in April.

Surrey RCMP Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy says when the mistakes were brought to his attention, he and other senior managers started to take steps to correct the situation, including asking another police department to investigate.

“I recognize, and understand, that the general public will have concerns about this incident. I share those concerns and deeply regret the impacts these mistakes may have had on all those involved. As the Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP, I apologize for the mistakes that were made,” he says.

Dhillon and his lawyer will now decide whether to try and have his conviction overturned.

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++++“I recognize, and understand, that the general public will have concerns about this incident. I share those concerns and deeply regret the impacts these mistakes may have had on all those involved. As the Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP, I apologize for the mistakes that were made,” he says.++++ What complete nonsense. At the time this ‘officer’ would have whole heatedly participated in the discriminatory railroading of this innocent man as is done 1000’s of times a day in Canada, especially with the RCMP. Mostly minor issues, traffic offenses and rarely something this serious. Ask David Milguard, Guy Paul Morin or Thomas Sophanoe of they don’t think this is a serious problem in Canadian justice. FIRE the idiots responsible for this and I will accept the apology. Until then, Canadians need to realize that the biggest threat to our freedom, security and liberty is the RCMP themselves. Just wait until it happens to you.

February 20, 2013 at 6:53 pm
Zabu

They became “aware” that he was wrongly convicted, two years ago, and now his lawyer has to try to have his conviction overturned? How many years has this man been in prison? It sure doesn’t seem like they’re in a hurry to see justice done. Or are they just trying to reduce the amount of money he’ll be getting? Anyone who caused this delay should automatically be sentenced to prison for a time equal to the delay, then see how fast justice gets done.

February 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm