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Randeep, Ricky Sihota found guilty for murder of student, TERRY MCLEAN


NRI collapses in B.C. Supreme Court after hearing guilty verdict
for murder of a student


Vancouver, BC, Jan 11, 2009
Ashok Sharma

NRI Randeep, Ricky Sihota, was charged with second-degree murder, attempted robbery and break-and-enter in the February 2004 slaying of former University of Victoria student Terry McLean, 21.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice MARY HUMPHRIES declared him guilty of second-degree murder and Ricky Sihota, fell to the floor upon hearing the verdict. The judge found that:

  • I’ve found Mr. Sihota guilty on all three charges, just before beginning to read her judgment.
  • There was reason to be cautious about the evidence of most of the witnesses but found in consideration of all of the evidence that there were two assailants: Sihota and Biros.
  • Two weapons were used during the fatal beating and that another man, Christopher Biros, who testified as a Crown witness against Sihota, took part in the beating on Feb. 1, 2004 in an Oak Bay home McLean shared with four other young adults.
  • McLean was beaten to death with a baseball bat and another unknown weapon.
  • Sihota, Biros and another man, Aaron Sproule, went to the home expecting to find a stash of drug cash _ up to $500,000, they believed. They ransacked the house but found nothing. The trio of accomplices were all in their 20s.


Oak Bay police chief Ron Gaudet told the MEDIA:

  • It was an extremely complex investigation that went from a who-done-it to a solid suspect
  • The department is extremely happy with the outcome. We've been working on this for a long time

Prosecutor Dennis Murray told the judge:

  • Sihota was the mastermind behind a plan to do a so-called drug rip at McLean’s home.
  • The Crown will be seeking more than the 10-year minimum before Sihota is eligible for parole. A sentencing date will be set next Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m.
  • Second-degree murder carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison without parole for at least 10 years.

Two men, William Aaron Sproule and Chris Biros were previously charged in connection with the crime.


  • Earlier pleaded guilty to break-and-enter and attempted robbery and was sentenced to four years in jail.
  • He cut a deal with the Crown to have a manslaughter charge dropped in exchange for testifying at Sihota's trial.
  • testified that Sihota, one of two men who accompanied him on the attempted robbery, used a baseball bat to beat to death McLean, 21, a small-time cocaine dealer.

NRI accused of using a baseball bat to beat to death a small-time cocaine dealer during a "drug rip"


Vancouver, BC, November 26, 2008
Ashok Sharma

Prosecutor Dennis Murray told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Mary Humphries:

  • Randeep Ricky Sihota was planning a robbery and targeted Terry Grant McLean.

  • Sihota and two accomplices, Christopher Biros and William Aaron Sproule, met two other men in a parking lot at Camosun College and discovered the address of McLean, 21, a former University of Victoria student

  • The three men then broke into McLean's rented home on Humber Road in the early morning hours of Feb. 1, 2004, after spotting McLean asleep on a couch in the living room.

As of confession:

  • Biros later made to undercover police
  • Biros and Sproule were at first reluctant to enter the home and were concerned because Sihota was wielding a baseball bat. Sihota assured them that violence would not be used and he agreed to leave behind duct tape he'd brought to the home.
  • Biros and Sproule ransacked the house in search of money and drugs while Sihota remained with McLean.
  • Biros and Sproule at some point heard a commotion
  • Biros speaks of the sound of someone shouting out, 'Ow, ouch.'
  • Biros and Sproule fled the house and saw Sihota in the living room. Sihota later joined them in their vehicle and commented, "I beat the [expletive] out of him."

McLean had been struck 40 times, including many blows to the head as well as blows to the hands, arms, feet and knees. A broken baseball bat was found nearby.





McLean had been struck 40 times, including many blows to the head as well as blows to the hands, arms, feet and knees.



After hearing judge's ruling, Ricky Sihota collapses in prisoner's dock