Crime roundup: students quiet over Reading Week, Grewal denied bail

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

A single keg party topped London Police Service and Western’s Campus Community Police Service’s list of student shenanigans occurring in town during Reading Week.

“Over this last week there was nothing really abnormal,” said CCPS director Elgin Austen. “With the students gone it was quieter than it ordinarily is.”

London Police Service Community Oriented Response Unit investigated a keg party at 21 St. Patrick St. Feb. 24, where it discovered alcohol was being sold without a proper permit, said Amanda Pfeffer, LPS media relations officer.

“Five beer kegs were seized, two pumps and $600,” Pfeffer said. Four individuals were charged for violating the Liquor License Act.

Austen confirmed two of the four individuals charged were Western students.

After a one-and-a-half-day long hearing, 18-year-old Western student Kulvir Grewal was denied bail Feb. 21. Grewal is accused of second-degree murder for his alleged involvement in the death of 18-year-old Brampton student Atinder Singh.

The two attended a party at 10 Ambleside Dr. Jan. 27. Singh died of a single stab wound the next morning. Roughly 20 members of Grewal’s family and several of Singh’s attended the hearing. Tensions between the two families were high and a member of Singh’s family was removed from the courtroom after an outburst.

A publication ban ordered by Superior Court Justice Peter Hockin prevents any further details from being printed. Since bail was denied, Grewal remains in custody until his trial begins.

Grewal is represented by Donald Crawford and the prosecution is led by assistant Crown attorney Peter Rollings.

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