Police have charged seven people, the latest one on Sunday, after a body was discovered two months ago in a burned-out car in a township north of Toronto.
The victim, 39-year-old Herminder Bhandal of Brampton, Ont., was found in a vehicle in late August in Essa Township, near Innisfil. Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Peter Leon said an autopsy determined Mr. Bhandal’s death was a homicide.
Five men were earlier charged with first-degree murder and another man was charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder. A seventh man, 51-year old Narankar Dhillon of Brampton, was charged Sunday with first-degree murder.
“I know it does seem kind of strange to have six people now charged with first-degree murder, but it just shows that there was more than one person obviously involved in this horrific deed,” Sgt. Leon said in an interview Sunday.
He declined to share details of the victim’s history or details surrounding the death, saying the material is evidence that will be released in court.
As for the number of people charged, Sgt. Leon said: “Anybody who has played a part in this has to be held accountable for their actions, and that is what’s taking place.”