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HomeMiscellanyAbbotsford man charged in beating of autistic man; two accomplices still on the lam

Abbotsford man charged in beating of autistic man; two accomplices still on the lam

Bob Mackin

Abbotsford-raised Parmvir Singh Chahil will be back in a Brampton, Ont. courtroom March 26 for a bail hearing, after he was charged March 23 with the aggravated assault of an austic man at a shopping mall’s bus station in a Toronto suburb. 

Ronjot Singh Dhami (left) and Parmvir Singh Chahil, who are wanted by police for aggravated assault in Mississauga, Ont.

Three men were caught on surveillance video on the evening of March 13 kicking and punching a 29-year-old man who was seated at the bottom of stairs while he put on rollerblades. The victim suffered a broken nose and facial cuts in the vicious, six-second attack. 

Chahil, 21, was arrested early March 23 in Windsor, along with his mother, Hardip Kaur Padda, 44, and brother, Harmanvir Singh Chahil, 18. Padda and the younger Chahil were charged for accessory after the fact and released on a promise to appear in court in Windsor on May 2. 

Lawyer Amandeep S. Sidhu of Abbotsford is expected to represent Parmvir Chahil in the bail hearing.

Padda is still listed on the title for the house on Abbotsford’s Promontory Drive where Parmvir Chahil was a resident when innocent neighbour Ping Shun Ao, 75, was killed in a drive-by shooting in September 2015. Police believe Chahil was the intended target.

Parmvir Chahil’s Twitter page.

A Twitter account, @Parmchahil, was active in July 2014 with two Tweets that taunted an Abbotsford Police Department constable, under the image of blood-spattered guns.

Chahil arrived at the Brampton courthouse in the back seat of a police car and did his best to hide his face when the car was approached by photographers.

Peel Regional Police had obtained a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest, and the arrest of 25-year-old Ronjot Singh Dhami of Surrey. Police have not publicly identified the third man, who they believe is named Jason. 

Dhami’s lawyer, Jag Virk, has called his client innocent and said that he would surrender to police on March 26. A source said that Dhami had applied for an Ontario driver’s licence before the attack. 

Parmvir Chahil cowering in the back of a police car on March 26.

British Columbia court files show a Ranjot Singh Dhami, born in 1993, has several Motor Vehicle Act violations, an August 2011 conviction for assault with a weapon in Surrey and a June 2014 arrest in Kelowna on charges of possession for the purpose of drug trafficking.

In December 2016, a Provincial Court judge ruled that Dhami’s Kelowna arrest was unlawful. Judge Peter Rogers, however, said in his ruling “there is no doubt” that, while in police cells, Dhami expelled 23 bags containing crack cocaine, 23 bags of fentanyl and seven bags of heroin from his rectum.

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