The man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Surrey teenager Bhavkiran Dhesi has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Harjot Singh Deo, Dhesi’s boyfriend, was sentenced by the Supreme Court of British Columbia on Tuesday October 18.
Deo pleaded guilty on February 15 to manslaughter with a firearm and offering indignity to a corpse or human remains.
Dhesi, 19, was found dead on August 2, 2017, inside an abandoned burnt-out SUV in the 18700 block of 24th Avenue.
The British Columbia Prosecution Service confirms that Deo was sentenced to seven years in prison for the manslaughter of Dhesi and for “undue interference with or offering indignity to his remains”.
The court ordered that he serve five years for the manslaughter, plus a consecutive two-year sentence for the interference charge.
BCPS also confirmed that the sentence will be reduced by 239 days, reflecting the time Deo has already served in custody.
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Deo was arrested in May 2019 at the Vancouver airport for second-degree murder, which was overturned following his guilty plea.
According to a press conference held at the time, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team knew early on that Dhesi had died elsewhere before being left in the burning SUV.
The victim had undergone a kidney transplant only six months before his death.
Dhesi’s sister, Anjali, said she “wanted to live more than anything else in this world”, at a press conference held in December 2018 to ask for help in locating those responsible.
Deo’s brother, Gurvinder Singh Deo, and cousin, Talwinder Khun Khun, had also been charged with indecent interference with or offering indignity to human remains,’ as well as ”accomplicity in murder after the fact”. ‘ in connection with the death of Dhesi.
Both were acquitted in February, after a judge found the Crown had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that their actions demonstrated they knew of the crime and attempted to cover it up.
Charges of “accomplicity to murder after the fact” against the Deos’ mother, Manjit Kaur Deo, and their sister Inderdeep Kaur Deo, had already been dropped in May 2021.
Manjit Deo – who had spent 29 days in custody following his arrest in May 2019 – was instead released on conditions, while the charge against Inderdeep Deo was stayed.
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