The Surrey man responsible for the massive 2008 explosion that gutted a Taco Del Mar restaurant in Vancouver has been sentenced to two years house arrest.
Kamaljeet Singh Josan pleaded guilty in March to one count of arson in connection to the blast. He was sentenced Monday in Vancouver Provincial Court to two years less a day, followed by three years probation. He also received a 10-year firearms ban.
The Taco Del Mar explosion blew apart the Vancouver restaurant and caused more than $2 million worth of damage to the 600 block of West Broadway, including a number of other nearby businesses.
The franchise was owned by Surrey residents Harjit and Manjeet Nandha, who also owned another franchise in Delta.
Two days after the explosion, 42-year-old Manjeet’s body was found in the waters of Howe Sound between Furry Creek and Porteau Cove. It is believed she jumped from one of the cliffs that drop into Howe Sound. Police said they found a suicide note but refused to disclose its contents.
Manjeet’s death coincided with a police announcement that investigators had located a suspect who was hospitalized with burns to 40 per cent of his body.
Police identified Josan as a friend of the Nandhas.
– with files from Dan Ferguson and CTV News