Harinder Singh Cheema extradited back to Canada, wanted for wife’s murder

Man wanted for wife’s murder extradited back to Canada

Harinder Singh Cheema, 36Harinder Singh Cheema had been on the lam for more than seven years.

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Published Thursday, July 23, 2015 5:39PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 24, 2015 8:07AM EDT

One of Quebec’s most wanted is now back in Montreal.

Harinder Singh Cheema was brought back to Canada from California last night.

Cheema is facing second-degree murder charges for the 2007 stabbing death of his wife.

He was found through his fingerprints when he made an application for permanent residency status in the United States. He had been living in San Francisco under a false name.

3 brown suspects sought in connection with attempted murder at Scarborough pool hall

Suspects sought in connection with attempted murder at Scarborough pool hall

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Published Tuesday, July 21, 2015 7:51AM EDT

Police have released security camera footage of three men wanted in connection with the attempted murder of a man at a Scarborough pool hall.

Police say on June 13 at around 1 a.m., a group of friends were at a pool hall in the area of Warden Avenue and Ellesmere Road when they were approached by a second group outside the building.

According to police, a dispute ensued and one man in the second group pepper-sprayed members of the first group. Police allege that the attack escalated when another member of the second group stabbed a man in the first group.

The second group reportedly fled in a white vehicle and a light-coloured vehicle.

The stabbing victim was rushed to hospital with injuries to his back, policy say.

The first suspect is described as a brown male with short black hair, a beard, and a tattoo on his left inside forearm. He was seen wearing a blue jacket with a white symbol on the rear.

The second suspect is described as a skinny, brown male with short, black hair and a beard. He was seen wearing a blue Adidas jacket with white stripes on the sleeves and light blue jeans.

The third suspect is said to be a heavy brown male with black hair, a beard, and tattoos on both forearms. He was seen wearing a khaki hoodie and khaki pants.

Police say the suspects are considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached if spotted.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 416-808-4100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

TORONTO: Danilo Alcala, a personal support worker, accused of sexually assaulting 95-year-old man

New charges to be laid against support worker accused of sexually assaulting elderly man

suspect  Danilo AlcalaDanilo Alcala is seen in this photo distributed by Toronto Police.

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Published Tuesday, July 21, 2015 8:04AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 21, 2015 8:06AM EDT

Six new charges are being laid against Danilo Alcala, a personal support worker accused of sexually assaulting a 95-year-old man, police confirm.

Alcala was charged with one count of sexual assault last week and the additional charges, according to police, are based on new evidence brought forward by the victim’s family.

The charges include three counts of sexual assault and three counts of sexual exploitation of a person with a disability.

Chinese citizen Bao Sheng Zhong arrested in fake gold scam

CTV Vancouver: Arrest in fake gold scam
A gold scam that made its way around the world arrived in Metro Vancouver, where investors are duped into thinking they’re buying history.
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Published Monday, June 29, 2015 1:40PM PDT
Last Updated Monday, June 29, 2015 8:11PM PDT

B.C. Mounties have arrested a 44-year-old Chinese national accused of bilking locals into buying fake gold ingots and Buddha figurines.

The victims were befriended by a man claiming to be from the construction industry, who told them he’d unearthed the treasures by chance along with an ancient will.

It’s unclear how many people the alleged fraudster approached, but the RCMP said two women and a man from across the Lower Mainland were tricked into paying for the phony gold.

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The RCMP has arrested a man accused of selling fake ingots and Buddha figurines to Lower Mainland residents. June 29, 2015. (Handout)

Mounties said similar crimes have been reported in other parts of the world, including Japan, Singapore and the U.S., but this appears to be the first case in Canada.

“We pulled all the stops. We hated seeing this type of crime occurring in our backyard,” Const. Jon Francis of the Richmond RCMP Economic Crime Unit said in a statement.

The victims tested the ingots before buying them, but the RCMP said the scammer managed to switch in a sample of authentic gold using sleight of hand.

Anyone purchasing high-value gold items is urged to have them individually tested by an independent testing facility, and to obtain legal counsel for their protection.

The accused, Bao Sheng Zhong, is charged with three counts of fraud. The RCMP said Zhong is a Chinese citizen who has been living in Richmond.

B.C.: Refugee family from Saudi Arabia built notorious family crime empire in Canada

B.C. parents learn hard $170,000 lesson in breeding ‘family crime empire’

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The family’s fourth son, Mahmoud Alkhalil, was one of three people killed in a notorious gunfight in 2003 in Vancouver’s Loft Six nightclub.

Nick Procaylo/Postmedia News/Files The family’s fourth son, Mahmoud Alkhalil, was one of three people killed in a notorious gunfight in 2003 in Vancouver’s Loft Six nightclub.

Two of their sons died in gangland shootouts, two others face drug trafficking or murder charges from mob-related incidents, and a fifth is on the run abroad. Now, their parents are learning another hard lesson in breeding a self-made crime group — they’ve lost the $170,000 they posted to have their eldest son released from jail.

Hossein Al Khalil and Soumayya Azzam were fighting in court to salvage bond money paid to have Nabil Alkhalil released. Their bond was lost when he fled Canada on a bogus passport soon after.

The judge’s ruling against them — with Nabil still a fugitive — is but one entry in an unrelenting stream of bad news involving their sons.

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Toronto Police Service Rabih Alkhalil is charged in a Vancouver hit and in a shooting at a cafe patio in Toronto’s Little Italy.

These two parents of five sons came to Canada, presumably to make a better life for themselves. Now, having buried two kids before they reached the age of 20, they have two more facing the possibility of a long time in prison,” said Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of B.C.’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

“The actions of these boys have destroyed that family.”

The family arrived in Canada from Saudi Arabia as refugees in 1990, although their roots are believed to be in Iran, and settled in Surrey, B.C. After two sons were killed in gangland violence, they moved to Ottawa and Montreal.

“They took all of their organized crime and gang connections with them,” said Houghton.

The couple’s second son had been the first to die.

In 2001, Khalil Alkhalil, 19, was shot dead in Surrey in a gunfight over a drug debt. His killer claimed self-defence and was freed. The shooter’s lawyer was beaten up in court by angry supporters of Alkhalil, and the shooter himself was later gunned down in Kelowna in a case that remains unsolved.

The fourth son, Mahmoud Alkhalil, was one of three people killed in a notorious gunfight in 2003 between gang rivals in Vancouver’s Loft Six nightclub. He made it out of the building, but was found bleeding and unconscious after crashing his car 20 blocks away. When he succumbed to his injuries at age 19, he already had a lengthy criminal record.

The youngest son, Rabih “Robby” Alkhalil, was only two when he came to Canada.

SURREY, B.C.: Yosef Jomo Gopaul pleads guilty to manslaughter and robbery in death of Julie Paskall

Ms. Paskall, 53, had been waiting to pick up her son from the Newton Arena following a hockey game on Dec. 29, 2013, when she was attacked. She died two days later in hospital.

Man pleads guilty in death of B.C. hockey mom, sentenced to 12 years

Yosef Jomo Gopaul at the court. (SKETCH BY FELICITY DON)

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A man charged in the fatal beating of hockey mom Julie Paskall, whose death in Surrey, B.C., crystallized fears about the area being unsafe, pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

With credit for time already served, Yosef Jomo Gopaul has 10½ years remaining in his sentence.

Mr. Gopaul, 28, was initially charged with second-degree murder but he pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter and one count of robbery. The 12-year sentence was the result of a joint recommendation from the Crown and the defence.

Ms. Paskall, 53, had been waiting to pick up her son from the Newton Arena following a hockey game on Dec. 29, 2013, when she was attacked. She died two days later in hospital.

In an emotional victim impact statement, Ms. Paskall’s husband, Al, said the two had met as teens and been best friends for nearly four decades.

“Every day with her was an adventure, and now my adventure is over,” he said through tears.

“Nothing matters any more.”

Ms. Paskall’s daughter Rhiannon told the court that she has cerebral palsy and that her mother had always been her biggest cheerleader.

“My mom was truly my best friend in the entire world,” she said, sobbing.

On Friday, the court heard that Mr. Gopaul had confessed to an undercover officer posing as a crime boss that he struck Ms. Paskall in the head with a rock. He claimed his intention was not to kill her, but to rob her.

He also confessed to a robbery that occured almost two weeks before the attack on Ms. Paskall. On Dec. 16, Mr. Gopaul struck a young Asian woman with a rock, beat her and then took her mobile phone and other belongings, the court heard.