Accused murderer to stand trial for Delta man’s 2013 death

Sarbjit Bains is charged with killing Amritpal Saran (pictured here), as well as two New Westminster women.

Amritpal Saran

The man accused of killing a Delta man whose charred body was found dumped on Surrey’s Colebrook Road two years ago has been ordered to stand trial in B.C. Supreme Court.

Sarbjit Bains was arrested in January 2014 in connection to the death of 29-year-old Amritpal Saran a year earlier. Saran’s body was discovered Feb. 24, 2013 on a secluded section of Colebrook Road near 121 Street, south of Joe Brown Park.

Bains, 33, is charged with second-degree murder and interference with a dead body. According to court records, he was ordered by a Surrey Provincial Court judge last week to stand trial in B.C. Supreme Court after requesting no preliminary inquiry be held in the lower court. (A preliminary hearing is often held to determine if there is sufficient evidence to proceed with a trial).

Bains’ former girlfriend, Evelina Urbaniak, was also charged in connection with the case, but pleaded guilty to her role and was sentenced last month. Urbaniak confessed to interfering with a dead body by helping dump Saran’s dead body beside Colebrook Road. She received a two-year conditional sentence followed by three years probation.

During her sentencing, the court heard Urbaniak, 37, had been in a troubled and abusive relationship with Bains for about two years and their lives “revolved around drugs.” Saran was a friend of theirs.

When Bains was arrested for Saran’s murder, he was also charged with the August 2013 murders of two women – Karen Nabors and Jill Lyons – in New Westminster. A preliminary inquiry for those charges is scheduled to begin in June.

Bains’ next court date to face the Surrey-related charges is April 2 in New Westminster.