Preliminary hearing underway for man accused of holding North Cowichan woman captive


WATCH: A crime that shocked a rural Cowichan Valley neighbourhood last April is being relived in a Duncan courtroom this week. It was a four-day long nightmare on a rural property that only came to light when a badly injured woman escaped to find help at a neighbour’s home. Skye Ryan has more.

Emotional witness testimony was heard in at the Duncan courthourse on Monday as the preliminary hearing gets underway into the unlawful confinement and aggravated assault case against Kehar Garry Sangha.

The 52-year-old Duncan man appeared gaunt and greying in the prisoner’s box. He is facing nine charges related to a woman being violently held against her will and beaten on Sangha’s rural property for days.

At the time, RCMP said the victim was confined and significantly injured with a bat for four days before she managed to escape to a neighbour’s home.

A contractor working there saw the woman bloodied and badly swollen. He quickly called 911.

“We certainly appreciate his efforts and we don’t even want to speculate what would have happened had he not been where he was at the time,” Cpl Krista Hobday with Duncan/North Cowichan RCMP said.

Sangha was arrested April 12 and has been in custody ever since. The preliminary hearing is expected to last until Friday. A judge will weigh in and determine if the evidence being presented in court is enough for Sangha to stand trial for the charges he is facing.




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