SOME important clues in the murder of a deported Canadian gangster at a villa in Phuket on Friday night (Feb. 4) have surfaced with a key one being that a mystery post about his death was circulated before Thai police were informed, Sanook.com said today (Feb. 6)
The Phuket provincial police and Chalong police station are expediting investigation into the killing of Mr. Mandeep Singh, 32, who arrived in Thailand on Jan. 27, 2022 and moved into the hotel villa on Jan. 30.
However at 10.30 p.m. on Friday night as he drove up and got out of his car to go into the villa two gunmen wearing balaclavas jumped out from the bushes beside the beach parking lot and let loose volleys of bullets with ten hitting him leading to his death after which they fled.
Surprisingly a post relating his murder and messages about it reached people close to him before Thai police were informed.
Another clue is that two suspects had been seen hanging around close to the scene of the murder for several days before it took place.
Police are also analysing the behaviour of the two gunmen as seen in a video clip with one of them stooping to do something before both ran away.
The investigation team is holding a meeting today on information and evidence collected so far. It is expected that Canadian Ambassador to Thailand Dr. Sarah Taylor will fly to Phuket to follow up on this case with Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Suchart Teerasawat also likely to do so.
Meanwhile, the Vancouver Sun newspaper reported that British Columbia’s anti-gang task force is working to head-off possible retaliation after the high-profile former gangster was shot to death near his beachside villa in Phuket.
Sgt. Brenda Winpenny of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said on Saturday that the slaying of UN gangster Jimi (Slice) Sandhu in Thailand could reverberate in B.C.
“CFSEU-B.C. will be utilising all resources, sharing intelligence and developing strategies with our policing partners to mitigate any potential retribution or violence associated to his death,” she said.
Despite Sandhu getting deported from Canada in 2016 for “serious criminality,” the Indian-born gangster continued to have influence in B.C.
Phuket police investigating the murder of the deported Canadian gangster. Photos: Sanook.com