TORONTO: The nine-week trial in the sensational Indo-Canadian love triangle murder case ended in an Ottawa court on Friday.
Gurpreet Ronald and her lover Bhupinderpal Gill were being tried for the first-degree murder of Mr Gill’s wife Jagtar Gill who was found dead in the family home in January 2014. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Ms Gurpreet, 37, and Mr Gill, 40, who were fellow bus drivers with Ottawa’s OC Transpo and neighbours, were allegedly in a relationship. They conspired to kill Mr Gill’s wife Jagtar Gill, 43, so that they could be together.
Ms Jagtar, mother of Mr Gill’s three children, was stabbed and bludgeoned to death in her home in Ottawa on January 29, 2014. The day was also her 17th wedding anniversary. A day before her killing, the victim had a hernia surgery.
During the trial, the prosecution told the jury that Ms Gurpreet and Mr Gill were romantically involved. Since they “dreamed of being together”, they plotted the murder of Mr Gill’s wife.
Gurpreet Ronald, a mother of two girls, is married to Jason Ronald who is also a driver with the same company in Ottawa.
During her testimony, Ms Gurpreet admitted that she had an affair with Mr Gill. But she told the jury that her sexual relationship with Mr Gill was “not satisfactory” and that she had an affair with another fellow driver at the same time while she was in a relationship with Mr Gill.
Her lawyer told the jury that she depended on Mr Gill only for “emotional support, a shoulder to cry upon” and she had no intention of being with him.
During his testimony, Mr Gill told the jury that he ended his affair with Gurpreet Ronald in 2013 before his wife was killed in January 2014.
During the trial, a psychic also testified that Mr Gill and Ms Gurpreet had consulted her about their future together. Ms Gurpreet’s husband also testified, telling the jury how his wife tried to attack him with a knife many times.
The 12-member jury is now closeted to give its verdict in this sensational case which shook the Indo-Canadian community.