‘Ottawa’ Accused in Gill Slaying Texted Offer to Take Victim’s Kids Out for Pizza
Days after police say Gurpreet Ronald slashed and bludgeoned her secret lover’s wife to death, she offered to take his grieving children out for pizza and a movie.
“Just worried about you guys … Try to get them back to a normal life and they can have some good time … will be a nice change for the kids!!” she texted Bhupinderpal Gill, who turned down the offer.
She later texted this advice: “Stay strong for your kids … You are their mother and father from now on … Life is tough but you will make through … If u need anything let us know,” Ronald texted.
Almost a month later, on March 12, 2014, Ronald texted Gill to ask him if he could clear her driveway with his snowblower.
The series of texts were entered as exhibits Thursday at the first-degree murder trial of Bhupinderpal Gill and Ronald, his mistress.
The OC Transpo drivers are accused of killing Jagtar Gill, 43, so they could finally be together. She was killed in the living room of her Barrhaven home on Jan. 29, 2014, as she was recovering from surgery.
The texts, reviewed during defence lawyer James Harbic’s cross-examination of a police detective, make no mention of any plot, let alone murder.
There is also no mention of the homicide on several wiretapped conversations between the accused.
On the day of her arrest — April 8, 2014 — she is heard on one intercepted call telling Gill she wanted to meet him, saying she had to go to the police station. Det. Chris Benson had called to tell her police found DNA at the scene and wanted her to come in to give a sample of her genetic blueprint.
The accused killers never did get a chance to meet and talk about the DNA request. That’s because Ronald, 37, was arrested at gunpoint after she parked her minivan in the visitors’ lot at the Greenbank Road police station.
Her defence lawyer Michael Smith questioned Det. Chris Benson about the need to arrest his client at gunpoint when she had voluntarily driven to the police station to give a DNA sample. She hadn’t even got out of the minivan when officers drew their guns.
“She doesn’t run for the hills and try to get out of Dodge,” Smith announced.
The detective said the surveillance unit wasn’t going to take any chances because you never know what a suspect will do when arrested for first-degree murder. Benson also said her motor vehicle could be used as a weapon.
“It’s a minivan, not a Mustang GT,” Smith said.
“Steel is steel,” the detective replied.
The Crown has entered incriminating DNA evidence against Ronald, but the case against Bhupinderpal Gill is not as defined: He was not at home at the time of the killing but out running errands with his daughter.
It’s what Gill did when he returned home that’s landed him in this deadly mess.
Moments after he found his dead wife in the living room, he started washing the bloody knives used to kill her. He was also dumped another murder weapon, a blood-stained weightlifting bar.
In a series of police interviews, Gill lied about his affair, lied about when he dumped a bar, and lied about washing the bloody knives.
He also told police that even he thought he looked guilty but denied repeatedly that he had nothing to do with his wife’s killing.
The detective called him a liar and Gill was arrest at the end of his last police interview on April 13, 2014.
The trial continues Friday.