Stabbing victim's family attends Grewal's court date

'Atinder was a good kid...the best guy in our family'

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Just over a week after Atinder Singh’s murder, his mother still looked shocked as she clutched a school photo of her son outside a London courtroom yesterday morning. The photo depicted a broad-shouldered, round-faced, healthy looking 18-year-old described by his family as “a very good kid who had never harmed anyone in his life.”

First-year Western student Kulvir Grewal, charged with second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of Singh, made his second court appearance yesterday via live video feed from a London jail.

Appearing in an orange jumpsuit, Grewal spoke with his lawyer, Donald Crawford, in a private phone consultation around 10:15 a.m. yesterday. Crawford subsequently told the court he still hasn’t received disclosure from the Crown and asked for Grewal’s next appearance to be scheduled for Feb. 14 in hopes he will have disclosure by then.

“I would say [disclosure on this case] is taking longer than usual,” Crawford said. “Normally you get disclosure in the first court appearance. Right now, I can’t do much until I get witness statements, cause of death...everything.”

Several members of Singh’s family drove from Brampton to attend the hearing. Singh’s cousin, Sundeep Singh Boparai, said the family was expecting a bail hearing.

Crawford said his client can’t apply for bail for a couple of weeks, adding Grewal’s family is very concerned.

“It’s a tragic event that’s affected two families. [Grewal] is doing as well as can be expected, but this is obviously a major change in his lifestyle.”

Grewal and Singh both attended a party at 10 Ambleside Dr. the night of Jan. 27. Police were called to the residence at 5:30 a.m. Jan. 28, where Singh was found with a single stab wound to the upper body. Singh died from his injuries at around 10 a.m. the same morning.

Police said Grewal ran from the scene and was found and arrested a short distance from the house.

“There’s a lot more that happened than people know right now,” Boparai said, adding he and his cousin were very close.

Boparai said Singh and his brother, Varinder, were celebrating Varinder’s 20th birthday in London. They attended a Western Indo-Canadian Students’ Association Culture show before returning to 10 Ambleside Dr., where they were staying with a friend.

Various reports have stated seven students were living at 10 Ambleside Dr. Boparai said Singh was close friends with one of the Western students, and added one of the residents of the address was a Fanshawe student.

When they came home from the show, Boparai said Varinder and several others went to sleep, and Atinder stayed up talking.

Boparai said Singh and Grewal had never met before and they hadn’t been fighting throughout the night.

Boparai described his cousin as an excellent student and a promising businessman.

“Atinder was a good kid...the best guy in our family,” Boparai said. “He had plans to go to York University for business, and he was already a very successful businessman on eBay. He also had a Facebook [business venture] with thousands on it.”

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