Toronto man jailed for Indian-origin girl’s murder

October 15th, 2008 - 10:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Toronto, Oct 15 (IANS) A man has been jailed for 34 months for his role in the killing of an Indian-origin girl four years ago in Brampton on the city outskirts here. Thirty-one-year-old Navaneethan Kunananthan, of Toronto, was handed down the sentence by a city court Tuesday for providing a hood to the alleged killer of 20-year-old Amretta Kaur outside her home.

But having spent 10 months under house arrest, he will stay in jail for just two years.

The alleged killer, 27-year-old Vijayarajah Manickavasagar, is said to have fled to Sri Lanka after the crime.

Known as “Bullet”, he remains untraced, though an Interpol alert has been sounded.

The victim, who was training to become a nurse, was killed after a tiff inside the famous Calypso Hut 2 nightclub of Brampton where she had gone with her brothers and cousins on the fateful night four years.

In the crowded nightclub, one of Amretta’s brothers reportedly stepped on to a friend of “Bullet” who took it as an insult. Infuriated, he left the club and returned with a gun.

When Amretta and her brothers and cousins left for home in a taxi, he and his friends followed them.

When they were getting off the tax, a hooded “Bullet” confronted them. He fired seven shots, hitting Amretta in the stomach and mouth and causing her death.

The alleged killer’s two accomplices are already in jail.

While 25-year-old Stenwick Hookumchand, who drove “Bullet” home after the crime, is behind bars for seven years, 30-year-old Jayeganesh, who gave him the hood to disguise, got four years.

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