Archives for September 18, 2018
Jaswinder Garib, seen here with her dog Gracie, is donating $30,000 as part of the overall $500,000 pledge from the South Okanagan’s Indo-Canadian community to help acquire medical equipment for the Penticton Regional Hospital expansion. She is a graduate of Pen Hi in 1980.
“As a community, we’ve now been in the Okanagan for a long time and it’s good to see our community coming out and creating a bigger presence by putting on events,” she said. “The good thing about the Punjabi community is we enjoy doing things collectively and helping wherever we can. When we work together we can really do great things.”
Jas noted she is contributing a very small piece of a much larger donation. The local Indo-Canadian community has now raised almost $450,000 towards its total pledge.
First degree murder charge laid in connection with homicide of Amelie Sakkalis
A man has been arrested and charged with first degree murder in connection with the homicide of Amelie Sakkalis.
On August 22, 2018 at approximately 7:45 p.m., the RCMP was called to an area north of Boston Bar near Highway 1 where they found the body of 28-year-old Amelie Sakkalis, a Belgian national who was travelling in Canada. The death of Miss Sakkalis was deemed a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called in to take conduct of the investigation.
Since the initial deployment, IHIT detectives have diligently advanced this investigation and collected significant evidence with respect to the murder of Miss Sakkalis. Now, after less than four weeks following Miss Sakkalis’ death, the investigative journey has yielded a criminal charge against the primary suspect.
On September 14, 2018, IHIT and its partner agencies arrested 27-year-old Sean McKenzie of Oliver, B.C. McKenzie has been charged with first degree murder and will be appearing before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on September 19, 2018.
“IHIT investigators worked relentlessly to secure and compile the evidence for charge approval and today’s outcome would not have been possible without the tremendous support of our partners,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT. “Amelie’s family in Belgium was notified of the developments in her case and IHIT hopes this will assist them in their healing process.”
Anyone with information, who has not already come forward to police, is asked to contact the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).