British Columbia

Sister of man charged with murdering Kiran Dhesi facing accessory charge

Police have confirmed that the sister of murder suspect Harjot Deo is the third member of the Deo family charged in relation to the killing of a 19-year-old woman in Surrey, B.C., nearly two years ago. 

Police confirm Inderdeep Deo is the 3rd member of the Deo family charged in Bhavkiran (Kiran) Dhesi's homicide

The body of Bhavkiran 'Kiran' Dhesi, 19, was found inside a burned-out SUV in Surrey, B.C., just after midnight, Aug. 2, 2017. (Surrey RCMP)

Murder suspect Harjot Singh Deo wore a red sweat shirt as he appeared briefly in a B.C. provincial courtroom in Surrey on Monday morning.

As Deo, 21, told the judge his name, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was holding a news conference to announce that his sister is now the third member of the Deo family to be charged in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend Bhavkiran (Kiran) Dhesi.

Deo was charged with second degree murder earlier this month and will remain in custody at least until his next court appearance on June 6.

His mother, Manjit, 53, was charged with accessory after the fact early last week.

The same charge was laid against Deo's sister, Inderdeep, 23, over the weekend.

"In spite of the recent charges made in this case, we again want to remind everybody that the investigation remains active and is certainly not over," said Cpl. Frank Jang with IHIT.

"We are still urging those with information about Bhavkiran's case to come forward and help us shed further light on Bhavkiran's death."

Dhesi was found dead in a burned-out SUV along 24 Avenue on Aug. 2, 2017. Investigators said she'd sustained injuries consistent with homicide.

Harjot Deo's lawyer, Vincent Michaels, says it's rare to see three members of the same family charged in the same case.

"The case is an unusual scenario," he said.

Harjot Singh Deo pictured in a court sketch from his appearance in B.C. Provincial Court in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 27, 2019. Deo is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Bhavkiran 'Kiran' Dhesi. Deo's mother and sister were each charged with accessory after the fact to murder in the same case. (Felicity Don)

Arrested at YVR

Harjot Deo was taken into custody May 13 after arriving at Vancouver International Airport from an undisclosed Canadian location. 

Investigators with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said previously that Harjot Deo was known to police but according to online records, the only charges he has faced previously seem limited to a handful of traffic violations.

Homicide investigators said earlier that they believe Dhesi's death was targeted, but not gang-related. (IHIT)

Dhesi wasn't known to police. Investigators said although they didn't think her killing was gang-related, it was likely targeted.

Dhesi was a student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey and had received a kidney transplant six months before her death.

Last December, police found an Audi Q7 they believed to be connected to the crime. Officers were also searching for a dark grey Dodge Ram.

Manjit Deo has a court appearance scheduled in B.C. Provincial Court in Surrey on Thursday morning.

With files from Karin Larsen, Jason Proctor, Jesse Johnston and Rhianna Schmunk