Punjabi man accused of holding woman captive sentenced to 5 years

A North Cowichan man who assaulted a woman, bound her and held her captive for hours has been sentenced to five years and three months in jail followed by two years of probation.

Kehar Sangha pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a weapon and forcible confinement of a North Cowichan woman in April 2017.On Monday, provincial court Judge Roger Cutler called the offence “most disturbing” and sentenced Sangha to five years and three months on each count. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

The victim, whose identity is protected by a court order, was Sangha’s tenant and lived in an outbuilding on his farm, Cutler noted in his ruling.On April 7, 2017, Sangha’s home was broken into and a number of items were stolen, including $2,000 in cash, cocaine and heroin.

For some reason, Sangha came to believe that the victim, a vulnerable heroin addict, was involved in the theft. Shortly after the break-in, she went to Sangha’s house to pay her rent. Sangha struck her numerous times in the face, head and body with his fists, feet and a piece of wood. He bound her at her wrists and ankles with belts, wires and zap straps, said Cutler. The woman was tied to a chair and also handcuffed at the wrists.

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