The man charged with killing Surrey teenager Bhavkiran Dhesi and then torching an SUV with her body inside has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and indignity to human remains.
Harjot Singh Deo, who was Dhesi’s boyfriend, entered a guilty plea today (Tuesday, Feb. 15) in B.C. Supreme Court for manslaughter with a firearm and offering indignity to a dead human body or human remains. The matter has been adjourned to Feb. 23 to fix a date for sentencing.
The 19-year-old victim had undergone a kidney transplant just six months before her death and “wanted to live more than anything else in this world,” Dhesi’s sister Anjali said during a December 2018 news conference held to appeal for help locating those responsible.
Dhesi, 19, was found dead at approximately 12:20 a.m. on Aug. 2, 2017, in a torched SUV located in the 18700-block of 24 Avenue.
Deo, arrested May 10, 2019, was charged with second-degree murder and with offering an indignity to human remains in connection with Dhesi’s death. Police said he had been in a romantic relationship with Dhesi.
He and two others – his brother, Gurvinder Singh Deo, and cousin, Talwinder Khun Khun, – were set to stand trial for the killing. Gurvinder Deo and Khun Khun are charged with ‘indecently interfere with or offer an indignity to human remains,’ as well as ‘accessory after the fact to murder.’
Khun Khun and Gurvinder were scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon, after Peace Arch News press deadline.