UPDATE: ‘Substantial disclosure’ causes third consecutive delay in Vernon murder case

UPDATE: ‘Substantial disclosure’ causes third consecutive delay in Vernon murder case

Paramjit Singh Bogarh, 57, will appear next Oct. 18

UPDATE 9:25 a.m.

A former Vernon man in custody for the alleged 1986 murder of his wife has had his arraignment hearing adjourned for the third consecutive time.

Crown prosecutor Ann Katine Saettler asked for a second two-week adjournment in the matter of Paramjit Singh Bogarh in Vernon Law Courts Oct. 4. Bogarh will appear next on Oct. 18 for arraignment. He is not required to be in attendance at that hearing.

“This matter is in the major case management stream. I’m asking for two more weeks,” said Saettler. “We’ve completed substantial disclosure of 4,500 documents and the crown requires an additional two weeks to consider (the) next steps.”

Nicholas Jacob, appearing as agent for Bogarh’s council Russ Chamberlain, said the defence is opposed and wants records to show that crown has asked for the adjournment, which was granted by a Justice of the Peace.

Bogarh is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of conspiring to commit murder relating to the NewYear’s Eve 1986 death of his spouse Saminder Kaur Bogarh.

Bail was denied by now-retired Justice Frank Cole June 29. A court-ordered publication ban is in effect for the details heard at that appearance.

Narindar Singh Bogarh, Paramjit’s brother, faces the same charges and, according to Chamberlain, is currently in India.

None of the charges against either man has been proven in court.

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A former Vernon man in custody for the alleged 1986 murder of his wife will appear in Vernon Law Courts today for arraignment.

Following a two-week setback initiated by the Crown, Paramjit Singh Bogarh is slated to appear in provincial courtroom 201 at 9 a.m. Oct. 4.

Related: Vernon murder case set back, again

Related: Delay in Vernon murder case

Bogarh is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of conspiring to commit murder relating to the New Year’s Eve 1986 death of his spouse Saminder Kaur Bogarh.

Bail was denied by now-retired Justice Frank Cole June 29. A court-ordered publication ban is in effect for the details heard at that appearance.

Narindar Singh Bogarh, Paramjit’s brother, faces the same charges and, according to defence Russ Chamberlain, is currently in India.

Related: Vernon cold case murder suspect makes first court appearance

None of the charges against either man has been proven in court.


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