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Man charged in three Surrey and New Westminster murders

Murder victim Amritpal Saran
Murder victim Amritpal Saran's sister Simrit (holding a photo of Amritpal) and mother Jatinder attend an IHIT press conference Monday to confirm that a suspect in his death – as well as the deaths of two women, Karen Nabors and Jill Lyons – was arrested on Friday. Charged with three counts of murder is Sarbjit Bains. The three victims (left to right) Saran, Lyons and Nabors are pictured below.
— image credit: Boaz Joseph / Surrey Leader

Police have announced charges against a Surrey man in connection to three separate murders – one in Surrey and two in New Westminster – last year.

Sarbjit Bains has been charged in connection with the deaths of Jill Lyons and Karen Nabors, both found dead in a New Westminster apartment in August, and Amritpal Saran, whose charred remains were found on Colebrook Road in Surrey in February 2013.

Three murder charges were sworn last week against Bains, 32.

He faces two first-degree murder charges for allegedly killing Lyons and Nabors and second-degree murder and interference with a dead body charges in relation to Saran's death.

A woman, Evelina Urbaniak, 36, is also charged with accessory after the fact and interference with a dead body for her alleged role Saran's death.

Police said at the time of 29-year-old Saran's murder that he was known to police, but had no known gang associations. His burned remains were found near 121 Street and Colebrook Road on Feb. 24, 2013. It was Surrey's eighth homicide of a record 25 homicides for the city last year.

Nabors, 48, and Lyons, 45, were found dead in the 200-block of 11 Street in New Westminster on different days in August. The two, who knew each other, both worked as online escorts.

Several family members of all three victims were present at a press conference held Monday afternoon by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

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