‘Ottawa’ Bus driver washed knives used to kill wife: ‘I was nervous. I was scared’
Bhupinderpal Gill didn’t do much around the house. His wife, Jagtar Gill, did the cooking and cleaning, the laundry and all the groceries.
But on the afternoon of Jan. 29, 2014, it was Gill who was standing over the sink washing knives.
They were the bloody knives used to kill his wife.
Moments after he found his wife dead on the living room floor, he tried to hold up her head, and yelled for his daughter to call 911.
Then he started washing the murder weapons, and no matter how often a police detective asked him why, it would be hard for him to explain.
“I was nervous. I was scared about what happened … I don’t know how to explain,” Gill told a detective in a 2014 interview at police headquarters.
The video of his police interview was shown to the jury at his first-degree murder trial on Wednesday.
The OC Transpo driver and his mistress, Gurpreet Ronald — also a city bus driver — are on trial for the 2014 killing of Jagtar Gill, 43. Police say the secret lovers, who have pleaded not guilty, executed a murder plot with the jealous mistress slashing the wife to death while Gill ran errands with his daughter.
When Gill and his daughter returned home, they found Jagtar Gill dead on the living room floor. It was her 17th wedding anniversary.
In a series of police interviews, Gill, 40, said the horrifying discovery left his mind “frozen”. He said he was in shock.
In the brief interviews, police handled him as a grieving husband and encouraged him to get therapy, saying he didn’t have to struggle alone.
Behind the scenes, as the jury heard, police were targeting him as a key suspect so much so that they set up surveillance, capturing him handling and later dumping one of the murder weapons, a bloody weightlifting bar.
In the January 2014 interviews, Gill is mostly matter-of-fact, recounting his morning routine on the day in question. He listed boring details, then named all the places he went with his daughter, including a grocery store where they bought flowers and cake as wedding anniversary gifts for Jagtar Gill. He also went through his phone, identifying who had called him — including mistress and co-accused Ronald — while he was running errands.
He held his head in his hands whenever the detective left interview Room 218. He spoke quietly in a thick East Indian accent.
He asked if his home safe was still locked — a robbery theme he first raised with his daughter after they found her dead body.
He said at first that he didn’t know if he washed the bloody knives he found next to his wife’s body on the living room floor.
“I saw two knives and I did pick them up and put them in the sink,” he told the officer.
“I think I washed my hands,” said Gill, whose hands were bloody from holding his dead wife’s head.
Asked if he remembered washing the knives, he said, “Not sure, sir.”
The jury has also heard from family friend Scott Fewer, who testified that Bhupinderpal Gill told him hours after the killing that he washed the bloody knives because he was concerned his fingerprints were on them. (He used them to chop onions for an omelette that morning.)
Nobody is contesting that Gill washed the bloody knives, according to his defence lawyers.
In the police interview, Gill was asked how things were at home, and he said good.
Gill and Ronald are alleged to have killed Gill’s wife so they could finally be together.
Ronald’s DNA was found all over the murder weapons and a pair of bloody gloves she allegedly dumped in a park, court has heard.
Gill is expected to testify in his own defence at the trial before Ontario Superior Court Justice Julianne Parfett. The trial continues Thursday.