Second degree murder charge laid in connection with Bhavkiran Dhesi homicide

Surrey, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

2019-05-13 12:39 PDT

File # 2017-1116

A second degree murder charge has now been laid against one man in a 2017 homicide in Surrey.

In the early morning hours of Wednesday August 2, 2017, the Surrey RCMP received a report of a car fire in the 18700-block of 24 Avenue. Frontline officers and emergency responders arrived on scene to find the body of 19-year-old Bhavkiran Dhesi inside the burnt vehicle. Her death was deemed a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called in.

IHIT has been advancing the investigation since the onset and has gathered significant evidence that was forwarded to the B.C. Prosecution Service for charge approval consideration. On May 10, 2019, 21-year-old Harjot Deo was arrested by IHIT investigators and Crown Counsel has charged him with second degree murder in relation to Miss Dhesi’s death.

IHIT investigators worked tirelessly since August of 2017 to gather sufficient evidence to support criminal charges, says Superintendent Donna Richardson, Officer-in-Charge of IHIT. This was a complex investigation with considerable contributions made by IHIT’s policing partners and is yet another example of the positive outcomes made when IHIT and its partners work cohesively towards a common goal.

"Miss Dhesi was a strong young woman with a promising future ahead of her. At her young age, she had already persevered through challenges and adversity in her life. Miss Dhesi’s loss will continue to be felt by her family and friends as well as our community," says Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Officer-in-Charge of Surrey RCMP. "I hope that there can be some comfort in knowing that a suspect has been now been charged, says Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Officer-in-Charge of Surrey RCMP.

Mr. Deo will make his next court appearance on May 27, 2019.

Notwithstanding the second degree murder charge against Mr. Deo, the investigation remains active. IHIT investigators believe there are still individuals who have important information about this case that have not come forward.

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is urged to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
 

Statement by Superintendent Donna Richardson, Officer-in-Charge of IHIT

Good morning, I would like to first express my deepest condolences to Bhavkiran’s family. I realize the past several months have been very difficult for them and I thank them for their patience.

Since the early morning hours of August 2, 2017, IHIT investigators have relentlessly pursued those responsible for the murder of 19-year-old Bhavkiran Dhesi. Today, I am pleased to announce that IHIT has arrested an individual in connection with Bhavkiran’s death. On May 10, 2019, 21-year-old Harjot Deo was arrested by investigators and charged with second degree murder by the B.C. Prosecution Service.

Significant energy and resources were invested into the gathering of evidence in this investigation. I am incredibly proud of the tremendous dedication and effort shown by our investigators these past months. I am also grateful for the contributions made by all of our partners including the Surrey RCMP.

Despite today’s announcement, I can tell you that the investigation is still active and our investigators are still pursuing several leads. We know there are still those who have intimate knowledge of what happened to Bhavkiran who have yet to come forward. I would like to remind those individuals that there is still opportunity for them to do the right thing.
 

Statement by Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Officer-in-Charge of Surrey RCMP

I want to begin by expressing my sincere condolences to Bhavkiran’s family. Bhavkiran’s death has been a terrible blow to her family.

Bhavkiran was a strong young woman with a promising future ahead of her. At her young age, she had already persevered through challenges and adversity in her life. Her loss will continue to be felt by her family and friends as well as our community. I hope that there can be some comfort in knowing that a suspect has now been charged.

To our community in Surrey, I want to thank you for your patience during this investigation. Homicide investigations are often long and difficult to endure for families, and for our greater community.

To the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, and the members of the Surrey RCMP who assisted, I want to thank you for your hard work and dedication to this investigation.
 

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Cpl. Frank Jang

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