Indo-Canadian love triangle murder trial begins in Ottawa

Toronto, May 19 (IANS) The trial in the Indo-Canadian love triangle which led to the murder of a woman in Ottawa in January 2014 is set to begin.

The process to select the jury for the trial began on Wednesday.

Gurpreet Ronald, 36, and Bhupinderpal Gill, 39, face first-degree murder charges in connection with the death of Gill’s wife Jagtar Gill.

Both Gurpreet Ronald and Bhupinderpal Gill were fellow drivers at Ottawa’s OC Transpo.

Gurpreet Ronald’s husband Jason Ronald also worked as a driver with the same company.

Since Gurpreet’s marriage with Jason Ronald was reportedly running into problems, it led to suspicions of her romantic links with Bhupinderpal.

The killing of Gill’s wife took place at the family’s home in south Ottawa on their 17th wedding anniversary. Her blood-splattered body with stab wounds was found on the floor of the family’s living room by her daughter Dilpreet, who had gone out for shopping with her father.

After two months of investigations, police arrested Gurpreet Ronald on April 8, 2014. A week later, Bhupinderpal Gill was also arrested. The two allegedly conspired to kill Gill’s wife, Jagtar.

The 12 members of the jury for the trial are expected to be picked up by Friday and the trial will begin with testimony of witnesses. As many as 41 witnesses will take the stand. The hearing is expected to last seven weeks.

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