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Trial set for men charged in 2021 killing of Vancouver senior

Pair in custody in connection with beating death of Usha Singh, 78, in her Little Mountain home will go to trial in July 2023.
Two men, Sandy Jack Parisian and Pascal Jean Claude Bouthillete, charged in the early 2021 death of a senior citizen will go on trial in summer 2023. | Photo: Rob Kruyt, BIV

Two men charged in the early 2021 death of a senior citizen will go on trial in summer 2023.  

Usha Singh, who lived alone, was found badly beaten in her house on Jan. 31, 2021. Vancouver Police said two men allegedly gained entry to the 78-year-old’s Little Mountain home around 6 a.m. on the Sunday morning by posing as police officers.  

Singh succumbed to her injuries in hospital two days later. Sandy Jack Parisian, 48, and Pascal Jean Claude Bouthillete, 42, were arrested Feb. 3, 2021. They remain in custody.  

Bouthillette was charged with second-degree murder; Parisian faces a manslaughter charge. Bouthilette’s charge has since been upgraded to first-degree murder. Both have elected to be tried by judge alone.  

During a scheduling hearing on May 11, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Gomery set May 24 for a pre-trial conference and scheduled Bouthillete and Parisian’s trial for July 4-28, 2023.  

Parisian was living in the Strathcona Park homeless camp — six kilometres north of the crime scene — when he was arrested. Bouthillette was arrested near Main Street and Terminal Avenue. 

Parisian described himself in 2019 as the “mayor” of the Oppenheimer Park homeless camp. When he was arrested, Bouthillette was early in a 12-month probation for a June 2020 break and enter in the Queen Elizabeth Park area.