Amarjit Chohan & Family Murder Case
dealer and 'Supergrass' Kenneth Regan, led gang
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
Regan and Horncy then kidnapped and murdered
Mr Chohan's wife, mother-in-law, and their two
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
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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