Surrey’s desolate, rural Colebrook Road. (File photo).

Two assaults on Surrey prostitutes nets five years in prison

One victim was sexually assaulted and the other’s jaw was struck with a golf club, in separate cases

A man who clobbered a Surrey prostitute with a golf club and sexually assaulted another in two separate cases along rural Colebrook Road has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Simranpreet Dhillon, 24, pleaded guilty to sexual assault and aggravated assault for crimes he commited in August and October 2012, when he was 19. Justice Anthony Saunders sentenced him in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminister, accepting a joint submission presented by the Crown and defence.

“We are blessed with the good fortune to live in one of the safest, most law-abiding countries in the world, and in a society that strives to attain harmony and to affirm the dignities of all peoples,” Saunders stated in his reasons for sentencing. “That actions like this go on in our cities under the cover of the dark of night is profoundly shocking to the average citizen. It is only fit and right that Mr. Dhillon’s conduct be denounced with a lengthy term of imprisonment, as has been recommended to the court in the joint submission.”

B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster

There is a publication ban on information that could identify the victims. Prior to Dhillon’s guilty pleas a trial had been set that was expected to run for three weeks. The judge also made him provide a DNA sample and imposed a SOIRA order, putting Dhillon on the Sex Offender Information Registration data base for 20 years. He’s also subject to a 10-year weapons prohibition.

“Mr. Dhillon and his companions preyed on these vulnerable women,” Saunders noted, “negotiating sex for a fee, then taking them to an isolated location, extorting further acts from them with violence or threats of violence, and refusing to pay even the meager fees that had been negotiated.”

READ ALSO: Surrey sex assault strangler gets second “indeterminate” prison sentence

READ ALSO: Surrey dangerous offender twice deported to Canada from U.S.

The court heard that in the first crime, in August, a prostitute was picked up at King George Boulevard and 91st Avenue by two men in a gold-coloured Chevrolet Cavalier, in which Dhillon was a passenger. She was driven to Colebrook Road, under an overpass. While she was performing a sexual act on Dhillon, the court heard, the other man pulled a sword out of the trunk. She tried to run, but Dhillon grabbed her hair, pulled her back into the car, said nobody would hear her scream and that she was going to have sex with both him and the driver. The court heard the victim had given birth five days earlier.

In the second unrelated crime, in October, Dhillon was behind the wheel this time when he and another man picked up a different prostitute at City Parkway and 105th Avenue, in a small blue four-door sedan. She was taken to Mud Bay Park off Colebrook Road, about one kilometre from the scene of the first sexual assault.

Again, the court heard, Dhillon told the victim nobody would hear her scream, told her “You’re going to do this or else,” and then produced what looked like a golf club. There was a struggle and Dhillon swung the club, hitting her jaw and causing serious injury. The victim suffered compound fractures and lost several teeth. She ran, hid in a ditch, saw the car drive off and then ran to a house for help. Her clothes were recovered near a mailbox a distance away and she was taken to Surrey Memorial Hospital, where she remained for two weeks.

“It is clear that Mr. Dhillon’s savage attack,” Saunders noted, “has severely traumatized her, with effects that will be life-long. She will have to live with the consequences of his brutal actions every day for the rest of her life.”

The judge noted that under the Criminal Code the sentencing range for the sexual assault against the first victim is one to 10 years in prison and a maximum of 14 years for the aggravated assault of the second victim.

“Judges, however, are not free to pronounce any sentence within those maximum or minimum and maximum ranges,” Saunder said in his reasons. “Instead, we are obligated to impose a sentence that reflects the principles and purposes of sentencing criminal offenders as set out in the Criminal Code.”

He explained that the fundamental purpose in sentencing “is to contribute to respect of the law and the maintenance of a just, peaceful and safe society by imposing just sanctions that meet one or more of several stated objectives.

“These objectives include the denunciation of unlawful conduct, the specific deterrence of the offender, and the general deterrence of other persons from committing offences, the separation of offenders from society where necessary, the rehabilitation of offenders, the making of reparations to the victim and to society, and the promotion of a sense of responsibility and acknowledgement of the harm done to victims and the community. The emphasis with these violent crimes we are dealing with in the present case must be on the goals of denunciation and deterrence.”

The court heard Dhillon was born in India and came to Canada in 2005, where he “became enmeshed with a peer group who were antisocial” and “in his desire to fit in, he adopted their negative antisocial behaviour” and everything “came off the rails.”

Saunders noted “it is submitted that Mr. Dhillon takes full responsibilitty for his actions, that he is extremely remorseful and that he is burdened with shame and guilt to the extent that he has twice attempted suicide since his arrest.”



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Just Posted

130 women and children fleeing violence took shelter at Delta’s transition house in 2018

600 more women and children were turned away due to the house being at capacity

Crime in Surrey dropped by four per cent in 2018 from 2017, city’s top cop says

Surrey RCMP OIC sharing the news with council Monday as city transitions to city police force

MINTY: ‘Opening the Doors’ at Surrey gallery with local artist Joanne Dennis

Also, a called for submissions in Arts Council of Surrey’s ‘Just Gates’ exhibition

VIDEO: 11-year-old violinist practices for Vancouver Symphony Orchestra debut

Cloverdale student Da-Wei Chan will perform Jan. 31, Feb. 28 with the VSO

Surrey sees no extra lunacy because of eclipse

Mounties did not see an increase or decrease in files on Sunday night, Sergeant Chad Greig reports

2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Speaker brings report on allegations to B.C. legislature committee

Report describes Darryl Plecas’ suspicions about senior staff

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

Parole granted for drunk driver that killed BC RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

Doug Ford says the Liberals’ carbon tax will plunge Canada into recession

The Ontario premier said there are already warning signs of difficult economic times ahead

Kamala Harris opens U.S. presidential bid in challenge to Trump

The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Woman offers luxury Alberta home for just $25 and a flair for the written word

Alla Wagner ran into health problems, which forced her to list the 5,000-square-foot estate at market value

Most Read