IN BRIEF: Justin Trudeau / Baljinder Kandola / Mohammed Shakil Khan / Manjit Adiwal



FEDERAL Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is STILL Number One. The latest Nanos Party Power Index shows that he has maintained a seven-point advantage in the week over week tracking on the preferred Prime Minister front over the Conservative’s Stephen Harper and registered a new 12-month high.  For the first ranked choice for PM, Trudeau came in at 35.8 percent, Harper at 28.3 percent, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair at 17.8 percent, Green Party’s Elizabeth May at 3.6 percent, Parti Quebecois’ Mario Beaulieu at 0.7 percent and the rest were unsure.


FORMER border guard Baljinder Singh Kandola received a 15-year prison sentence in 2012 for his role in smuggling cocaine worth $5 million through the Canada-U.S. border. Now his lawyer Sarah Conroy wants the B.C. Court of Appeal to reduce the sentence to 13 years because she argued Kandola was wilfully blind about the details of the smuggled drugs. But one judge noted that Kandola knew what was happening and that just because he didn’t confirm the quantity being smuggled, it did not lessen his moral culpability. The Crown noted that, among other things, Kandola committed a crime that he had sworn to prevent from taking place, according to a local newspaper.


IN 2007, Mohammed Shakil Khan won $4 million in Lotto 6/49 and transferred $3.5 million to a company where investment adviser Catherine Jones handled his funds. Now Khan is suing Jones because he claims that he lost $1.6 million as a direct result of her reckless and / or unsound strategies. He wants $2.3 million returned to him. Three companies where Jones worked have also been named as defendants. These are only allegations and none of his claims have been proved in court. Khan was acquitted of all criminal charges in 2010 after his arrest the previous year when he was caught by Transit Police having sex with a woman against the hood of a car. Police claimed that he had a loaded revolver with him and he was charged with five offences related to firearms, according to a local newspaper.


MANJIT Singh Adiwal pleaded guilty to assaulting Gurpreet Sangha, and Preetpal Sangha pleaded guilty to uttering a threat to cause death or bodily harm to Gurpreet Sangha. The charges arose from an incident that occurred on May 9, 2011. Adiwal and Preetpal appealed their respective sentences imposed on May 7, 2014, of four months imprisonment followed by 18 months’ probation to the B.C. Court of Appeal. The May 9 incident was subsequent to a dispute between Preetpal Sangha and Gurpreet Sangha who, with Preetpal Sangha’s father and others, owned a lumber mill where Preetpal Sangha worked. The origins of the dispute are unclear. The Crown suggested it had to do with an argument between the partners; the mill appears to have been failing financially. The Crown says that Preetpal Sangha joined in on his father’s behalf in confronting the complainant, according to court documents. This week, the B.C. Court of Appeal released its ruling, turning down the two men’s appeals.

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