RANDEEP Singh Match, 33, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Tarsem ‘Shane’ Singh Dhaliwal, 35, Staff-Sgt. Jennifer Pound announced on Thursday.
On January 19, Dhaliwal was reported missing by his family to the Surrey RCMP and two days later his body was found in a vehicle in the 18900 block of 92 Avenue in Surrey.
Evidence quickly led investigators to believe that Dhaliwal met with foul play and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was deployed and assumed conduct.
IHIT said it worked diligently on the case and as a result Match was arrested in Abbotsford on December 10 without incident.
“While the motive cannot be discussed as this matter is before the courts we can say that the victim and the accused were known to each other and this was a targeted attack,” said Pound.
MATCH and Manindervir Singh Virk, who were each convicted of one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking in November 2011, were sentenced to five and a half years in prison in September 2012.
Match was banned from possessing weapons for 10 years.
The two Abbotsford men were arrested in September 2009, when the Abbotsford Police Department was informed by U.S. Border authorities that some men had entered the U.S. illegally and then quickly retreated back into Canada.
A police dog located two duffel bags and two backpacks with 40 bricks of cocaine, valued between $1.4 million and $2 million. Match and Virk were found hiding in berry bushes. A third person escaped. The Crown had suggested eight years in prison for the two men.
The judge had noted in his ruling that Match was born in India and came to Montreal in 1998. He was a landed immigrant. After spending some years in Montreal, he moved to Abbotsford where he was living with his wife, their two daughters, and his wife’s grandmother.
Match completed Grade 10 in India. After coming to Canada, he was placed in Grade 9. The school he attended was French speaking and he did not do well there because of the language barrier and soon dropped out. After leaving school, he went to work at a company assembling furniture.
When he moved to Abbotsford, he first worked at a nursery. In 2000, he obtained his truck driver’s licence. He worked for a trucking company for a few years before buying his own truck and he became an owner / operator. In 2010, he changed careers and took a job installing carpets.
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