Burnaby: IHIT continues to investigate the brutal homicide of Branson Sanders. His badly burned body was located in a bush in Burnaby on December 2, 2011.

Three months after locating Branson’s remains, IHIT arrested and charged Brandon NANDAN and Shakib SHAKIB with Second Degree Murder.

Today IHIT is announcing a third arrest on an additional male with charges secured for First Degree Murder and Accessory After the Fact to Murder. As this male is only 16 years old he cannot be identified.

In addition to the third arrest the initial charges of Second Degree Murder for Brandon NANDAN and Shakib SHAKIB have been raised to First Degree Murder with an additional charge each of Indignity to a Dead Human Body.

Homicide investigations are very dynamic in nature and evidence can be gathered for a long period of time after the crime. A homicide investigation does not necessarily end because somebody is in custody. IHIT is dedicated to ensuring that all of the individuals involved are brought to justice, “says Sgt. Jennifer Pound.

Brandon NANDAN is currently out on Bail with a number of conditions and Shakib SHAKIB remains in custody.