South Asian man Balwinder Kumar Saggu, 64 gets 15 months jail for hit-and-run that killed 16-year-old Surrey male Kevin Dhillon. Balwninder Saggu who pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to stop at the scene of an accident while driving a Honda Accord, got just 15 months in jail.
After hitting the motorcycle, Saggu kept driving on 123A Street for a short distance. He was pursued by Dhillon’s cousin and friend, who were following Dhillon. Saggu pulled over and when confronted, claimed he hadn’t been drinking. When the two went back to help Dhillon, Balwinder Saggu walked away.
The following day he told police the Honda had been stolen. The vehicle was given to Jaggu by a friend for repairs and it was not insured. Saggu was arrested and he admitted he had left the scene and had filed a false report.
Saggu has 61 offences dating to the 1980s, including leaving the scene of an accident, driving when he was prohibited or unlicensed, and impaired driving. At the time of the crash, he was under an indefinite driving prohibition, the Province newspaper reported.
The Crown had asked for 12 to 18 months in jail and a lifetime driving prohibition. The defence had suggested that Saggu receive a suspended sentence and two to three years’ probation because of “rare and exceptional circumstances.” He suffers from, among other things, diabetes, a seizure disorder, hypoglycemia and anemia.