Abbotsford man sentenced for stabbing last summer

An Abbotsford man has been sentenced to a four-year jail term in connection to a stabbing last August near the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (AESC).

Gurparit Gill, 31, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday in Abbotsford provincial court. His co-accused, Herman Sidhu, 20, and Bhavdeep Deol, 21, are next scheduled to appear Aug. 8.

Sidhu also faces a charge of failure to provide a breath sample on the day of the offence.

The charges are related to an incident on Aug. 22 on the roadway between Finnegan’s Pub and the AESC in the 33700 block of King Road.

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said a dispute allegedly started inside the pub between the victim and Gill, Sidhu and Deol, and got physical when they went outside. Later reports indicated the assault was random, and the 24-year-old victim was attacked as he left the pub. He was punched, kicked and stabbed three times in his arms and torso.

The three accused allegedly left the scene in a black Honda Civic. They were stopped by police in the vicinity of Albert Dyck Park on Walmsley Avenue.

The victim recovered in hospital, and the trio were arrested and charged in November.

In addition to the aggravated assault charge, Gill pleaded guilty to possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition. That offence occurred Oct. 3 after police responded to a report of yelling and the sound of gunshots coming from a home in the 3100 block of Osprey Drive. Gill was sentenced to 2.3 years on that offence.

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