SURREY GANG-RAPE CASE! Victim Of Miscarriage Of Justice Was Jailed, Got Divorced Due To Conviction And Then Deported To India

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Surrey RCMP Chief Bill Fordy Apologizes For The Mistakes His Force Made In Dhillon’s Conviction!

The fallout from the charges had a devastating effect on Gurdev Singh Dhillon’s personal life as his wife left him and they eventually divorced. He was later deported to India after serving two years in jail. Police have now charged Mohammed Zaaid Ukhttar and Sital Singh Bhatti for the brutal July 2004 sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman in Surrey, which left her pregnant. Both Ukhttar and Bhatti are scheduled to appear in court in April.

VANCOUVER – The victim of miscarriage of justice in a case of gang rape of a 19-year-old girl in Surrey was jailed, the conviction led to his divorce and then was eventually deported to India, according to the former lawyer for Gurdev Singh Dhillon.

Dhillon’s lawyer Paul E. Briggs told the Vancouver Sun that he’s hoping to find Dhillon, who is presumably in Punjab, India, so that his client can clear his name.

“I’m just hoping his aunt or uncle or somebody calls me back and gets the information to him,” Briggs told the Sun. “He actually had a good job here, he got married and was sponsored to come to Canada in 2002.”

Although Briggs didn’t state this – but if Dhillon is found to be not guilty – he would probably seek compensation for all that has gone wrong because of the conviction.

The fallout from the charges had a devastating effect on Dhillon’s personal life as his wife left him and they eventually divorced. Dhillon was a permanent resident at the time of his conviction but was deported after serving two thirds of his four-year sentence in accordance with the laws the Conservatives brought in against those who commit serious crimes.

“Even if the criminal problem can be resolved in his favour, he still has to convince the immigration board to overturn his deportation order,” Briggs told the Sun in regards to his client. “If he still chooses to come back to Canada.”

Briggs told the Sun a special prosecutor investigating the case told him the DNA of two different people was found on the victim’s underwear. Neither sample matched Dhillon’s DNA.

The  miscarriage of justice information was revealed this week by the Crown even though it occurred during Dhillon’s 2005 sexual assault conviction that led to a four-year prison sentence. He served two years and after his 2006 appeal was dismissed, he was deported.

“In August 2011, Surrey RCMP sexual offence investigators were reviewing the 2004 complex, multiple offender sexual assault investigation which resulted in the 2005 conviction of Mr. Gurdev Singh Dhillon. They determined that the initial investigation did not sufficiently consider additional avenues, regarding other potential suspects. They also determined this information was not shared with Crown Counsel or with Defence Counsel during the original trial,” Surrey RCMP said in a news release.

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, which left her pregnant.

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.

MacKenzie says information in the case has now been disclosed to Dhillon, who will decide along with his legal counsel whether to try again to have his conviction overturned.

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,” said Fordy in a release. “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.”

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