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Updated: NRI Amarjit Chohan & Family Murder Case


Heroin dealer and 'Supergrass' Kenneth Regan, led gang to murder
an entire family

UK, New Criminologist Journal
July 03, 2005

Yesterday, the killers of the millionaire owner of the successful CIBA freight company, Amarjit Chohan and three generations of his family, were found guilty of murder. The bodies of Amarjit Chohan, his wife and her mother, from west London, were washed up on the south coast in 2003.

Kenneth Regan, 55, of Wiltshire, and his accomplice William Horncy, 51, of Dorset, were convicted of murdering the family.

Regan, a former police 'super grass' informant, made millions of pounds from importing heroin until he was arrested in 1998 when he was caught with 55lb of heroin in his car and sent to prison for 4 years.

Convicted killer, Ken Regan. (©BBC)

William Horncy, was a former accountant who had recruited the homeless for £50 a time in order to use their details in a passport fraud scheme that is believed to have made him more than £1.75 million.

Regan was introduced to the millionaire businessman and hatched a plan to buy and develop some land that Mr Chohan owned, but the deal fell through. It was then that Regan, who has had previous experience running a freight company, decided that the company would be the ideal front for importing drugs.

Regan and Horncy, along with a third man 38-year-old, Peter Rees from Portsmouth, Hants, lured Mr Chohan to Stonehenge, Wiltshire. From there he was taken to a local property, where he was held against his will for several days. The men gagged him and forced him to sign over his company. He was then murdered.

Regan and Horncy then kidnapped and murdered Mr Chohan's wife, mother-in-law, and their two infant sons.

The family were buried on a farm in Tiverton, Devon, until Reagan heard that the police were intending to search the property. On Easter Sunday, the bodies were dug up and taken to the South Coast to be dumped in the sea.

Mr Chohan's body was discovered floating in the water near Bournemouth pier in April 2003, the body of his wife was found in the same stretch of water in July and Mrs Kaur was found in November in a bay off the Isle of Wight. Tragically the couple's two young sons have never been found.

Regan told concerned acquaintances that Mr Chohan, who had been to prison for tax evasion, that he and his family had signed over all power of attorney and the business to him before moving to India. It was the fact of Mr Chohan's criminal record that nearly led to the trio never facing justice.

Everyone but Nancy Chohan's brother, Onkar Verma, accepted the story. If it wasn't for his persistence, this crime may have never been solved. Mr Verma said: "The police kept saying he's done a runner because he was in trouble. I never believed the police story because I was very close to my family and they would have told me about it."

The Chohan family. (©AP)

Eventually the case passed from missing persons to the serious crime group and a new senior investigating officer, Norman McKinley, took over and reexamined everything. He told Mr Verma that his brother-in-law was not wanted by the authorities and started investigating the case as if a serious crime had been committed. Shortly afterwards the bodies were discovered.

Yesterday Rees was found guilty of the murder of Mr Chohan, but cleared of the murders of the other familymembers. Reagan and Horncy were found guilty of all of the murders.

Police sources have said that they intend to interrogate the pair to establish how the family were killed, and to attempt to locate the remains of the missing boys.

The murder trial, which cost more than £10m, is thought to be the longest in the history of the Metropolitan Police and of the Old Bailey. The men are due to be sentenced on Tuesday



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