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Former Vancouver man pleads guilty to 1999 killing

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A former Vancouver man has pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend 14 years ago. It comes after he escaped an international manhunt until his arrest in 2011.

Ninderjit Singh is accused of shooting 18-year-old Poonam Randhahwa in the head during her lunch break at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary.  The accusations also include dumping her body in a lane near Granville Street and West 47th Avenue.

His lawyer Russ Chamberlain says the plea brings a cold case to an end. “It’s a good result of the administration of justice, puts to bed a long investigation.  It brings finality for the family.”

A warrant was issued for Singh after the killing, but he went straight to the border and then caught a flight to California.

He established a new life as a truck driver with a wife and two kids.  Drastically changing his look, he grew a beard and ballooned to 300 pounds.

He was finally arrested on August 19th, 2011 in Riverside County and extradited to Canada.

Members of Randhawa’s family declined to comment, and the judge has scheduled a sentencing hearing for March 27 and 28.

Singh now faces a life sentence with no chance for parole for 10 to 25 years.