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Murder charge dropped against second adult involved in hit and run


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The prosecution has dropped a murder charge against a city man in the hit and run death of a Calgary teen and will pursue less serious charges.

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Crown lawyer Ken McCaffrey told Justice Robert Hall on Friday that he is entering a stay of proceedings against Mahipal Singh Rajput on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Ibaad Yar.

McCaffrey asked the Court of Queen’s Bench judge to transfer process on Rajput’s murder indictment to a new one alleging offences of assault with a weapon and common assault.

Defence lawyer Shamsher Kothari said the new charges will be addressed in court Monday, the day Rajput was scheduled to begin facing a four-week jury trial on a charge of second-degree murder.”

“The application is to vacate the currently scheduled trial dates,” Kothari told Hall.

“The intention is to resolve these matters,” Kothari said of the replacement charges, which aren’t considered lesser included offences to the homicide allegation.

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Rajput, 41, was charged with second-degree murder in the May 13, 2020, death of Yar, 15.

Ibaad Yar, 15, died in a crash in northeast Calgary on May 13, 2020.
Ibaad Yar, 15, died in a crash in northeast Calgary on May 13, 2020.

A second adult charge with murder in the case, Udham Sandhu, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter in connection with the teen’s death, while the Crown last week stayed a manslaughter charge against a youth who was also facing trial in the case.

According to facts presented in Sandhu’s guilty plea, a dispute arose between two groups of teens when a brick was thrown at the windshield of his parked car.

An angry Sandhu embarked on a kilometres-long high-speed chase in the early morning hours of May 13, 2020, of a Dodge Journey being driven by Yar that was connected to the brick-throwing incident more than 24 hours earlier.

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The two vehicles collided near the intersection of 52 St. N.E. not far from the Trans-Canada Hwy. when the right front of Sandhu’s car made contact with the left rear of the SUV being driven by Yar.

The contact caused the Dodge to spin counterclockwise before flipping on its side and rolling at least twice, throwing Yar, who was not wearing his seatbelt.

Sandhu fled the scene and abandoned his car, later reporting it stolen to police.

During sentencing submissions last Monday, co-prosecutor Richelle Freiheit said Sandhu’s conduct called for a prison term of between seven and nine years.

Sandhu’s lawyer, Balfour Der argued a three-year sentence would be sufficient punishment for his client.

Sandhu will learn his fate on Feb. 25.

KMartin@postmedia.com

On Twitter: @KMartinCourts

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