Samandeep Jhinger was living with her cousin sister Amandeep Kaur in Warman, Saskatchewan, Canada, in the summer of 2020. Kaur was separated from her husband, Ranbir Dhull and the 23-year-old Jhinger was helping take care of Kaur’s two preschool aged kids.
Jhinger had moved from Toronto to Warman two months earlier to help out. Kaur and Dhull shared a home but arranged their schedules so that they did not see each other. Dhull and Kaul had been to court twice to deal with assault allegations.
Kaur worked at a convenience store in Warman. She took a night shift on July 1, 2020, because Jhinger had to travel to Winnipeg. The morning of Jhinger’s flight, Kaur exchanged texts with a person she believed at the time to be Jhinger.
Dhull, 44, is on trial at Court of King’s Bench charged with first-degree murder in Jhinger’s death. He is a former taxi driver. It’s alleged that Dhull killed his ex-wife’s cousin, Samandeep Jhinger, in Warman, about 20 km northeast of Saskatoon, in early July 2020. Now the trial in Saskatoon is moving into the forensic phase with the Crown calling two expert witnesses and a former colleague of the accused killer.
Imtiaz Ahmad, a former taxi colleague of Dhull’s, testified that Dhull borrowed his van on July 2, 2020. He said Dhull told him he needed the van to move toys for his kids. After getting the van back, Ahmad discovered four pieces of luggage in the back. They included a carry-on, a purse-type bag, a small basket and a large bag. Ahmad took the luggage to the police.
Earlier in the trial, Dhull’s ex-wife Kaur described getting texts from Jhinger’s phone early on July 2, 2020, the day Jhinger was supposed to travel to Winnipeg. In hindsight, Kaur said she now suspects the texts did not come from Jhinger because the tone and content did not sound like her cousin.
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police fingerprint expert and a sergeant who specializes in recovering memory from electronic devices testified in the court on 3 October. The fingerprint expert testified that “friction ridges” on adhesive tape used to bind Jhinger matched Dhull’s fingerprints. While the sergeant began testifying and explained how investigators analyzed the call logs on five mobile phones.
Pathologist Shawn Ladham and a DNA expert are expected to testify for the Crown on 4 and 5 October.