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Toronto-area man charged with gruesome double murder

By Salim Jiwa     Jan 22, 2010 in Crime
Durham police have charged a man in the gruesome double murders of Harjinder Sandhu and Puneet Chhina. The bodies of the two men were found stuffed in a car belonging to one of the victims and abandoned near Pickering on May 5.
WHITBY, Ontario – Police have charged a man with two counts of murder related to last May’s gruesome discovery of two bodies found stuffed in the trunk of a car abandoned in Pickering.
Durham Regional Police charged John Le, 38, of Germain Crescent, Markham with two counts of first degree murder in the slayings of Harjinder Singh Sandhu and Puneet Singh Chhina.
Le was arrested on Thursday, just a few weeks after police followed cell phone tracks and went door knocking in in the Kennedy Road and Sheppard Avenue area of Toronto.
Le is charged with two counts of first degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, two charges of forcible confinement and the use of a firearm in the commission of an offence, Durham police announced.
“This investigation remains active and further arrests are anticipated,” said police in a statement. Police believe at least two people had to be involved in the murders.
The bodies of the pair, Sandhu, 28, of Brampton and Chhina, 26, of Nepean, were found stuffed in the trunk of a car found parked near Rosebank Road and the 4th Concession of Pickering on May 5.
A cell phone belonging to one of the victims was left behind in a car that followed the one containing the bodies of the pair, police said earlier.
Once the car with the bodies was left near Pickering, the suspect-escort vehicle made its way back to the Kennedy and Sheppard area of Toronto, Durham Regional police said when they went door-knocking to shake some trees in December.
Police revealed earlier that:
* The two victims travelled from a Brampton address to a location in the Kennedy Road/Sheppard Avenue area of Toronto on Monday May 4th, 2009 presumably to meet with an individual or individuals. Investigators now believe the two were murdered in the Kennedy and Sheppard area.
* The bodies were placed in the trunk of their own vehicle and driven, along with a second vehicle, to the Rosebank and 4th Concession area of Pickering on May 4th, 2009.
* After the vehicle containing the deceased males was abandoned in north Pickering on May 4th, a cell phone belonging to one victim remained in the second vehicle, which then travelled north to Whitchurch-Stoufville, then southbound to the Kennedy and Sheppard area of Toronto.
* DNA was located and is believed to be from a suspect. Several persons had already consented to providing DNA samples.
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