Lawyer for one of two alleged killers of Surrey woman names third possible suspect

Published: March 7, 2013

JENNIFER SALTMAN
VANCOUVER DESI

Tasha Rossette

Tasha Rosette was found dead in her basement suite on Nov. 22, 2005. Submitted photo

A lawyer for one of the men accused of killing 21-year-old Tasha Rosette suggested in court that someone else could have been responsible for the Surrey woman’s death.

Amjad Khan and Naim Saghir are on trial in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster for first-degree murder in connection with Rosette’s death. Rosette was found at the entrance to her basement suite on Nov. 22, 2005. She had been stabbed more than 40 times and her throat was slashed.

Khan’s lawyer Robert Claus called one of Rosette’s friends as a witness to support his argument that someone else killed Rosette.

Ruby Jubbal testified that a year or two before Rosette died, she arranged a sham marriage between Rosette and a man from India. She and Rosette were to share $6,000 to $8,000 up front and about $10,000 after Rosette’s husband became a landed immigrant.

After the marriage, Rosette frequently asked Jubbal for money. Claus asked if the requests were ever accompanied by threats. Jubbal said Rosette had threatened to go to the police or immigration authorities to report the fake marriage.

When she was asked if the threats concerned her, Jubbal said, “Sometimes.”

She admitted that she may have threatened Rosette, but couldn’t recall what was said.

“Did you kill her?” Claus asked.

“No,” Jubbal responded.

“Did you arrange for anyone else to kill her?”

“No, sir.”

Crown prosecutor Satinder Sidhu suggested that Jubbal didn’t take the threats seriously because Rosette would also be in trouble if she went to the authorities. Jubbal agreed.

“You liked Tasha Rosette,” Sidhu said.

“Yes,” Jubbal said.

Instead, Sidhu pointed out that it was Rosette’s twin sister, Tanya, that Jubbal really had a problem with, and Rosette was usually the calm one.

“[Tasha] was trying to make peace, correct?” Sidhu said.

“Yes,” Jubbal said.

Jubbal told police that she last spoke to Rosette about a month before she died and that on the night of the murder she was with a mutual friend.

Justice Ian Josephson will determine whether Jubbal’s testimony will be admitted as evidence at the trial.

The Crown’s theory is that Khan became unhappy when Rosette, who was pregnant with his baby, refused to have an abortion and enlisted Saghir’s help to kill her. It is alleged that on the night she died — two days before her body was found — Khan picked Rosette up at a Surrey bingo hall and took her home, where Saghir was waiting.

The trial that is under way is the second for Khan and Saghir.

In 2008 a jury found the two men guilty of murder and conspiracy, but three years later the B.C. Appeal Court overturned the convictions and ordered a new trial.

jensaltman@theprovince.com
twitter.com/jensaltman


Tags: , , ,





Featured

varsha

Ontario teen fighting superbugs with an assist from Indian home cooking

TOM SPEARS OTTAWA CITIZEN Like a lot of great discoveries, Varsha Jayasankar’s foray into how to kill superbugs with an extract from Indian food started…
Continue Reading »

File photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Low caste teen in India burnt alive after goats stray into neighbours’ field

CEN AGENCY A poor goat herder was burnt to death after greedy land owners doused him in petrol and set him ablaze because his goats…
Continue Reading »

Police are investigated a suspected murder in Surrey, B.C.

Police investigating suspected homicide in Surrey

SURREY NOW Police say an autopsy will be required to determine how Surrey’s 14th homicide of 2014 died. The body of the victim, a man…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

varsha

Ontario teen fighting superbugs with an assist from Indian home cooking

TOM SPEARS OTTAWA CITIZEN Like a lot of great discoveries, Varsha Jayasankar’s foray into how to kill superbugs with an extract from Indian food started…
Continue Reading »

Police are investigated a suspected murder in Surrey, B.C.

Police investigating suspected homicide in Surrey

SURREY NOW Police say an autopsy will be required to determine how Surrey’s 14th homicide of 2014 died. The body of the victim, a man…
Continue Reading »

Today in History – Oct. 20

Advance THE CANADIAN PRESS Today in History for Oct. 20: On this date: In 1632, Sir Christopher Wren, British astronomer and architect, was born. He…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

MINOR ATACKED

False confession leads police to arrest new suspect in sexual assault of 9-year-old Surrey girl

FRANK LUBA VANCOUVER DESI A man who confessed to the sexual assault of a nine-year-old girl in Surrey has been released and a 28-year-old man…
Continue Reading »

Dilwali Fest

Diwali Fest kicks off with IndiGlam fashion-fusion show (w/ video)

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI It was a classic mother-daughter argument that propelled Surrey’s Raji Khaira into a career of fashion design. Khaira, 25, grew up…
Continue Reading »

Vancouver Desi

Canada Place caught the eye of man who builds models in chalk (w/gallery)

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI When Jagdeep Singh Bihal moved to Vancouver from India two years ago and did some sightseeing around the city,  it was…
Continue Reading »

SURREY-VANCOUVER-MUMBAI

Diwali organizer inspired by memories of Mumbai revelry

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI Vancouver’s Rohit Chokhani can still recall his childhood in Mumbai when Indian streets would light up with fireworks and life would…
Continue Reading »

SURREY-PIRATE RADIO

Surrey’s unlicensed Radio India to cease broadcasting in 120 days

PETER O’NEIL POSTMEDIA NEWS GATINEAU, Que. — One of B.C.’s “Pirate Radio” broadcasters boasted earlier this month of his powerful political connections, a vast public…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Desi boobs Sonakshi SInha

Sonakshi Sinha enjoyed Tamil film debut with Lingaa

IANS Chennai  – Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who is making her Tamil debut opposite superstar Rajinikanth in upcoming Tamil actioner Lingaa, says she thoroughly enjoyed working…
Continue Reading »

Priyanka Chopra

Gallery: 20 Bollywood celebrities in their best and worst avatars

VANCOUVER DESI Every Bollywood star has come under fire for their style choices at  some point in their careers. Here we’ve taken a quick look…
Continue Reading »

reality TV

Himesh Reshammiya to record songs with reality show ‘India’s Raw Star’ contestants

IANS Mumbai – Composer Himesh Reshammiya, who made an appearance on the reality TV show “India’s Raw Star” as a guest mentor, was so moved…
Continue Reading »