A 37-year-old woman received a two-year conditional sentence Friday for her role in disposing of a dead body on Surrey’s Colebrook Road two years ago.
Evelina Urbaniak was charged early last year for her actions following the death of Amritpal Saran. The 29-year-old man’s charred remains were found near 121 Street and Colebrook Road on Feb. 24, 2013.
Sarbjit Bains, 32, is charged with second-degree murder and interference with a dead body in Saran’s death but has yet to face trial on the charges.
At her sentencing Feb. 6, the court heard Urbaniak confessed to her involvement in dumping the body almost immediately and early last month, pleaded guilty in Surrey Provincial Court to interference with a dead body. Her second charge was stayed.
Saran’s mother, sister and younger brother each submitted victim impact statements prior to Urbaniak’s sentencing.
His mom said her son’s death was something no parent should ever have to endure, while his brother lamented the fact he’ll never see or laugh with Amritpal again.
“The family of Mr. Saran are clearly devastated…” said Judge Jennifer Oulton, who noted Urbaniak expressed sincere remorse.
The court heard Urbaniak was in and out of foster care as a child, before turning to the sex trade when she was older and abusing alcohol and cocaine.
Since her arrest, she has been living in a facility run by VisonQuest Recovery Society and has attended alcohol and narcotics rehabilitation programs.
She has no prior criminal record.
Details of Urbaniak’s involvement in Saran’s death are not being reported by The Leader as Bains’ case has not gone to trial.
For the first six months of Urbaniak’s two-year conditional sentence, she is under house arrest and only allowed to leave home to attend work, perform community service or go to the doctor or counselling.
For the last eighteen months, she is subject to a curfew between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. and must complete 200 hours of community service work. She must also have no contact with Bains or with the Saran family, must not consume alcohol or drugs and is banned from owning weapons.
She’ll also be on probation for three years following the completion of her sentence.
Bains is also charged in the August 2013 deaths of Jill Lyons and Karen Nabors in New Westminster.