The Hamilton Spectator

Man accused of killing dad appears in court

Sukhraj Cheema-Singh, 22, is charged with first-degree murder in Saturday altercatio­n

- NICOLE O’REILLY REPORTER NICOLE O’REILLY IS A REPORTER FOR THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR. NOREILLY@THESPEC.COM CATHIE COWARD THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR

A 22-year-old Hamilton man accused of killing his father by shooting him with an arrow at his parents’ Stoney Creek home made a brief first appearance in court.

Sukhraj Cheema-Singh was arrested in Toronto shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, nearly two days after allegedly fleeing the murder scene in a rental vehicle.

He appeared in court Tuesday morning over Zoom from a Hamilton police holding area, wearing a black sweatshirt. He appeared calm and followed instructio­ns, including answering his name.

The court imposed a standard publicatio­n ban and prohibited Cheema-Singh from contacting 13 people. He remains in custody and is next set to appear in court Feb. 20.

Hamilton police homicide detectives believe Cheema-Singh arrived in the neighbourh­ood of his parents’ home on Penny Lane, near Trafalgar Drive and Mud Street West, about a halfhour before allegedly attacking his father at about 7:40 p.m. on Saturday.

Acting Det. Sgt. Rob DiIanni has said police believe the son was driving around, waiting for his father to return, before parking the 2022 blue Ford Edge with a Quebec licence plate near the home.

Cheema-Singh then allegedly shot his father with an arrow from a high-powered archery weapon that resembles a longarm gun and is powered by air pressure. When emergency services arrived, they found 56year-old Kuldip Singh with traumatic injuries; he was pronounced dead in hospital.

A family member told the Spectator on Sunday that Singh blocked his son from entering the house when he was shot with the arrow. The family member described Singh as being “very, very supportive of his kids,” including his son and an adult daughter.

It is not clear what the altercatio­n was about Saturday, however, homicide detectives are aware of “previous interactio­ns between father and son,” including where police were called.

Court records show CheemaSing­h was out on bail at the time of the homicide. He faces charges from Nov. 1 of last year for mischief for allegedly damaging seven windows at his family’s Penny Lane house, for possessing a Legends MP BB gun and for prowling at night at another house on Penny Lane.

He was released on bail Nov. 6, 2023, on his own recognizan­ce and last appeared in court Jan. 15. In court Tuesday these charges were also brought forward.

As part of the investigat­ion police also searched a house on Sterling Street, near McMaster University, where CheemaSing­h lived in the basement. Police have since released both scenes on Sterling and Penny Lane.

The murder weapon has not been recovered, police said. Officers will be looking for the weapon during further searches anticipate­d this week.

Police continue to investigat­e what led to the homicide, including whether substance use or mental illness were factors.

 ?? ?? Police searched a residence on Sterling Street in west Hamilton where Sukhraj CheemaSing­h lived.
Police searched a residence on Sterling Street in west Hamilton where Sukhraj CheemaSing­h lived.
 ?? ?? Sukhraj CheemaSing­h allegedly shot his father with an arrow from a high-powered archery weapon that resembles a long-arm gun and is powered by air pressure.
Sukhraj CheemaSing­h allegedly shot his father with an arrow from a high-powered archery weapon that resembles a long-arm gun and is powered by air pressure.

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