Sylvan Lake man charged with killing his wife makes court appearance

Satnam Singh Sandhu charged with second-degree murder in connection with death of Kulvinder Sandhu

A Sylvan Lake man accused of killing his wife showed little emotion as he made his first court appearance in Red Deer on Wednesday morning.

Satnam Singh Sandhu, 41, appeared in person wearing blue Red Deer remand centre coveralls. He stood with his head bowed and hands crossed in front of him most of the time during his short appearance.

Sandhu has been charged with second-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault in connection with the death of his wife.

Sylvan Lake RCMP said they were called to a local home at about 10 a.m. on Sept. 11 and found Sandhu’s wife, Kulvinder Sandhu, badly injured.

Satnam Sandhu was arrested at the scene.

Kulvinder Sandhu, 36, died in hospital on Sept. 14.

A Punjabi interpreter relayed what was happening in court to Sandhu, whose charges were read to him.

At one point, Judge Gordon Yake asked if Sandhu understood the charges, since he had only nodded and did not acknowledge them verbally, as usually required.

“I’m in depression. I forget before I start speaking,” Sandhu said in English.

Red Deer lawyer George Lebessis was representing Sandhu on Wednesday and is expected to be fully retained in the next couple of weeks.

Lebessis asked that the case be adjourned until Oct. 11, so he could get disclosure information.

Crown prosecutor Bill Wister said an urgent request for disclosure had been sent to the RCMP on Monday.

“I anticipate some disclosure should be here by Oct. 11,” he told the judge.

Wister said all three charges Sandhu is facing are connected with the same incident involving his wife. The Crown is reviewing the file to determine what charges will go forward.

Yake ordered Sandhu to appear in person again for his next court appearance.

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