Crown re­jects trucker’s guilty plea

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - FRONT PAGE -

SAR­NIA — A trucker’s at­tempt to plead guilty to man­slaugh­ter in the fiery High­way 402 death of his wife was re­jected Tues­day by the Crown in Sar­nia court.

Fol­low­ing the re­jec­tion, jury se­lec­tion be­gan for the first-de­gree mur­der trial of Sukhchain Singh Brar, 52, of Bramp­ton. Brar was charged fol­low­ing the Jan. 31, 2016, death of his wife, Gur­preet Brar, 37.

Her body was found in the burnt re­mains of a trans­port truck on the west­bound lanes of the 402 near Sar­nia at about 3 a.m. on Jan. 31, 2016.

The Crim­i­nal Code de­fines first-de­gree mur­der as planned and de­lib­er­ate, while man­slaugh­ter is a killing in the heat of pas­sion caused by sud­den provo­ca­tion. Brar’s at­tempt to plead guilty to a lesser of­fence was re­jected.

Dur­ing the first phase of jury se­lec­tion, half of 84 ju­rors sum­moned were ei­ther ex­cused by the judge, re­garded as un­ac­cept­able by fel­low ju­rors or dis­missed due to chal­lenges by the Crown or de­fence.

Su­pe­rior Court Jus­tice Bruce Thomas said sev­eral jury pan­els have been sum­moned in the com­ing days to en­sure 12 ju­rors and two al­ter­nates are se­lected.

The trial, ex­pected to last four weeks, will be­gin as soon as the jury is se­lected.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.