Surrey pair charged in serial killing case
Murdered victim Amritpal Saran's sister Simrit and mother Jatinder get emotional at the announcement of the arrests of suspects at a press conference in Surrey, B.C., Monday January 6, 2014. IHIT announced Sarbjit Bains, 32, faced three murder charges, and Evelina Urbaniak, 36, was charged with indignity to human remains and accessory after the fact in alleged serial killings. (MICHAEL MUI/ 24 HOURS)
Homicide investigators have laid charges in the alleged serial murders of two New Westminster escorts, in addition to a man with a known history of drug use.
Sarbjit Bains is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder, according to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.
The 32-year-old is additionally charged with indignity to human remains.
An alleged acquaintance, 36-year-old Evelina Urbaniak, is charged with indignity to human remains and accessory after the fact.
Neither of the accused had prior criminal records, police said.
One of the keys to solving the case, according to homicide investigators, was surveillance footage obtained from buildings and businesses.
The investigation began in February, when 29-year-old Amritpal Saran’s burned body was discovered along Colebrook Road in Surrey, a known dumping ground where four bodies were discovered last year.
However, it’s unclear what connection, if any, the other bodies found along Colebrook Road had to do with the current case.
The bodies of the other victims, escorts Jill Lyons and Karen Nabors, were found within their homes in a New West apartment complex months later in August.
According to Lyons’ mother Sheri Hickman, her adopted daughter leaves behind two sons. The 45-year-old had struggled with drug addiction and had been preparing to enter rehab when she died.
Nabors, 48, was described by her father, Herb Auerbach, as a single mother. About $15,000 has been raised in her name for the Women Against Violence Against Women organization, he said.
“They were all part of close families, groups of friends and people who cared and supported each other,” New West police Chief Const. Dave Jones said.
Simrit Saran, younger sister of the slain man, held up a picture of her brother as she described how he dreamed of raising his own family before his life was put out.
“Those dreams were shattered on Feb. 24, 2013,” she said, tearing up. “Amrit was a beast. He would always say to us, ‘nobody can touch me when I’m sobering.’
“God did not give us the power to take someone’s life away.”