collapses in B.C. Supreme Court after hearing guilty verdict
for murder of a student
Vancouver, BC, Jan 11, 2009
NRI Randeep, Ricky Sihota, was charged with second-degree
murder, attempted robbery and break-and-enter in the February 2004
slaying of former University of Victoria student Terry McLean, 21.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice MARY HUMPHRIES declared him guilty of
second-degree murder and Ricky Sihota, fell to the floor upon hearing
the verdict. The judge found that:
- I’ve found Mr. Sihota guilty on all three charges, just
before beginning to read her judgment.
- There was reason to be cautious about the evidence of most of
the witnesses but found in consideration of all of the evidence
that there were two assailants: Sihota and Biros.
- Two weapons were used during the fatal beating and that another
man, Christopher Biros, who testified as a Crown witness against
Sihota, took part in the beating on Feb. 1, 2004 in an Oak Bay
home McLean shared with four other young adults.
- McLean was beaten to death with a baseball bat and another unknown
- Sihota, Biros and another man, Aaron Sproule, went to the home
expecting to find a stash of drug cash _ up to $500,000, they
believed. They ransacked the house but found nothing. The trio
of accomplices were all in their 20s.
Oak Bay police chief Ron Gaudet told the MEDIA:
- It was an extremely complex investigation that went from a who-done-it
to a solid suspect
- The department is extremely happy with the outcome. We've been
working on this for a long time
Prosecutor Dennis Murray told the judge:
- Sihota was the mastermind behind a plan to do a so-called drug
rip at McLean’s home.
- The Crown will be seeking more than the 10-year minimum before
Sihota is eligible for parole. A sentencing date will be set next
Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m.
- Second-degree murder carries a mandatory penalty of life in
prison without parole for at least 10 years.
Two men, William Aaron Sproule and Chris Biros were previously
charged in connection with the crime.
- Earlier pleaded guilty to break-and-enter and attempted robbery
and was sentenced to four years in jail.
- He cut a deal with the Crown to have a manslaughter charge dropped
in exchange for testifying at Sihota's trial.
- testified that Sihota, one of two men who accompanied him on
the attempted robbery, used a baseball bat to beat to death McLean,
21, a small-time cocaine dealer.
accused of using a baseball bat to beat to death a small-time cocaine
dealer during a "drug rip"
Vancouver, BC, November 26, 2008
Prosecutor Dennis Murray told B.C. Supreme Court Justice
Randeep Ricky Sihota was planning a robbery and targeted Terry
Sihota and two accomplices, Christopher Biros and William Aaron
Sproule, met two other men in a parking lot at Camosun College
and discovered the address of McLean, 21, a former University
of Victoria student
The three men then broke into McLean's rented home on Humber
Road in the early morning hours of Feb. 1, 2004, after spotting
McLean asleep on a couch in the living room.
As of confession:
- Biros later made to undercover police
- Biros and Sproule were at first reluctant to enter the home
and were concerned because Sihota was wielding a baseball bat.
Sihota assured them that violence would not be used and he agreed
to leave behind duct tape he'd brought to the home.
- Biros and Sproule ransacked the house in search of money and
drugs while Sihota remained with McLean.
- Biros and Sproule at some point heard a commotion
- Biros speaks of the sound of someone shouting out, 'Ow, ouch.'
- Biros and Sproule fled the house and saw Sihota in the living
room. Sihota later joined them in their vehicle and commented,
"I beat the [expletive] out of him."
McLean had been struck 40 times, including many blows
to the head as well as blows to the hands, arms, feet and knees.
A broken baseball bat was found nearby.