Accused murderer suspected wife of affair, Kelowna court hears

After he was arrested for murder, a Surrey real estate agent wanted  Kelowna Mounties to investigate his common-law wife for infidelity.

In handcuffs at Kelowna General Hospital, Tejwant Danjou told police he suspected Rama Gauravarapu, who he’s accused of killing, was cheating on him.

“Mr. Danjou stated his wife was having an affair,” RCMP Const. Rick Goodwin testified Wednesday at Danjou’s B.C. Supreme Court trial in Kelowna for the second-degree murder of Gauravarapu.

While being examined at the hospital following his arrest, Danjou told Goodwin that police would find “crucial evidence” of the affair inside an F-150 truck in Surrey. “He wanted me to send officers to  Surrey to have this stuff obtained,” Goodwin testified.

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Danjou also told Goodwin police should obtain security camera footage  from Mission Hill Family Estate Winery in West Kelowna. Danjou and Gauravarapu had visited the winery earlier on July 22, 2018, the day  he’s accused of killing her in a West Kelowna hotel room.

“He said there would be video surveillance there, and he wanted me to get the video,” Goodwin said.

Danjou is accused of killing Gauravarapu, an RBC financial planner, in a room at the hotel and then hiding in a nearby dumpster, where he was found by police and arrested.The Crown says the pair’s relationship was a troubled one,  characterized by Danjou’s excessive drinking and his jealousy.

Goodwin said Danjou made the comments about suspecting his wife of an affair spontaneously and not in response to any questions that were asked of him. Goodwin said his role was simply to keep custody of Danjou while he was examined at hospital.

“I wasn’t there to solicit any information from Mr. Danjou,” Goodwin  said.

Throughout his interactions with Danjou, Goodwin said the accused was civil, unemotional, compliant and seemed to be aware of what was  going on.

“Mr. Danjou was polite the whole time,” Goodwin said. “He was always  calm, never yelled at me, never swore at me.”

During cross-examination, Danjou’s lawyer, Donna Turko, noted that Danjou had asked Goodwin his name five times during their interaction.

Turko asked Goodwin if it didn’t seem that Danjou was “a little off,” and if he wasn’t surprised to be asked his name five times.

“I don’t recall being shocked Mr. Danjou didn’t remember my name,”

Goodwin responded. “Maybe he had a lot on his mind.”

The trial continues.

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