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Jaspal Singh Thiara sentenced 10 years in jail for trying to kill an addicted client


Surrey NRI, crack drug dealer sentenced 10 years in jail
NRIs upset of judge's decision for harsher sentence


Surrey, BC, Oct. 26, 2008
Ashok Sharma

NRI Jaspal Singh Thiara, 22, crack drug dealer, has been sentenced 10 years in jail for trying to kill an addicted client who owed him money.

On Dec. 26, 2005, Thiara, his girlfriend and two "business partners" arrived at one of Thiara's crack houses near the 9200 block of 134 Street.

They were there to visit a man identified only as "Mr. Hall" – a crack addict who owed Thiara money.
Thiara carried a handgun, concealed in his pocket.

In a back bedroom of the house, Thiara shot Hall in the upper abdomen. He claimed Hall had been reaching for a weapon. When Hall tried to leave the house, Thiara shot him again. Hall collapsed at the front door and Thiara and his girlfriend left, stepping over the victim as they did. Thiara pointed the gun at Hall’s head, but didn't fire when Hall pleaded: “Don’t shoot me again, I’m dead already.”

Brenda Brown, B.C. Supreme Court judge said:

  • The jury was satisfied that Mr. Thiara intended to kill Mr. Hall. It is only luck that saved Mr. Hall, and saves Mr. Thiara from a life sentence
  • She had no choice but to give a substantial sentence to Jaspal Singh Thiara.
  • The drug industry is a scourge to our society. Young men such as Mr. Thiara are drawn by the fantasy - the fast life and the easy money. But the drugs are real, the guns are real and the devastation is too real
  • It lays waste to all around, to addicts such as Mr. Hall, to the dealers such as Mr. Thiara and to innocent bystanders, such as Mr. Thiara's family
  • She appreciated that Thiara is still young and has a supportive family, but that she also has to balance community interests.

Russ Chamberlain, Jaspal's lawyer requested for a six-year sentence but Brown said:

  • I have not lost sight of Mr. Thiara's youth and the need for rehabilitation. If it were not for Mr. Thiara's young age, the remorse which he has demonstrated to his family, and the progress which he has already made toward rehabilitation, I would have sentenced him to 12 years
  • I have every sympathy for Mr. Thiara's family, who are also victims in this matter. However, my sympathy for them cannot deter me from imposing the appropriate sentence

In December 2005, Jaspal Thiara was only 19 years old when he entered a Surrey crack shack. When he shoot to Mr. Hall, he was making $2,000 to $3,000 per day. He was controlling a number of crack houses in this area. He also owned several guns.

NRIs upset of judge's decision for harsher sentence

Mahesh Gupta, businessman in Vancouver told our press reporter that there is one set of laws for whites and a different set for Asians For example:

Edmonton men, all Whites, who chopped to pieces a body of a young Chinese man, were given sentences of 32 months to 4 and half years, despite being found guilty of being accessory to murder. That means they not only chopped up the dead man’s body but were also found to have abated the murder of the victim.

For Asians, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Brenda Brown wanted to teach Thiara a lesson and thus decided to give him a much harsher sentence.

People of goodwill of whatever race or color must lift up their voices and repudiate the patently racist administration of justice in BC and in every other town in the CANADA. We must demand action against prosecutors or judges who abuse their power on the backs of Asians. We must galvanize our communities to run those prosecutors or judges out of public office when they breach the public trust by violating core anti-discrimination constitutional values. They are not above the law and they should be made to pay for their racist behavior. The law may protect judges’ right to believe in the racial superiority of the white race, but it must not allow him or her to misuse the power of the state to enforce his private prejudices