Gurpreet Ronald, 34, accused of killing Jagtar Gill, 43, in the latter’s living room in January this year, was arrested and charged Tuesday, Ottawa Citizen reported Wednesday.
The accused and the victim were neighbours.
Ronald was employed in OC Transpo, an urban transit service of the City of Ottawa, the same place where Gill’s husband Bhupinderpal worked as a bus driver.
Gill was found dead by her husband and teenage daughter, Dilpreet, when they returned home after shopping for her 17th wedding anniversary.
The killing had shocked the Sikh community in the city, who attended the woman’s funeral in large numbers.
Balraj Dhillon, president of the Ottawa Sikh Society, expressed concern over the brutal murder.
He hoped that the arrest will help the family achieve some closure, the report said.
Gill’s brother-in-law Kulwinder Sidhu felt relieved that someone has been arrested by the police in connection with the case.
“I do not know what will happen. I will be emotional. I cannot think how someone can kill someone. For what? That is what I want to know,” the Daily cited Sidhu as saying.
Sidhu said he had never heard of his sister-in-law having a problem with anyone.
Sources in the police said the motive for the murder was not yet clear. (IANS)