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Surprise guilty plea in West Kelowna hotel murder

Kelowna Law Courts.
February 25, 2020 - 11:03 AM

The Surrey man charged in the 2018 killing of Rama Gauravarapu at a West Kelowna Best Western has pleaded guilty.

Tejwant Danjou made the surprise guilty plea to second degree murder today, Feb. 25,  at what was supposed to be the first day of his trial.

Danjou was arrested July 22, 2018, after multiple calls from the Best Western hotel in the 3400 block of Carrington Road about a woman in distress.

Gauravarapu was found in her room and despite intervention from paramedics, died that night.

The next day the crime scene extended beyond the hotel and into the parking lot of the adjacent Tim Hortons and Danjou, then 69, was charged with her murder.

The court file on the case indicates Danjou and Gauravarapu were a couple.

Danjou had been a real estate agent until news of the murder charge was circulated and his license was suspended by the Real Estate Council of British Columbia. Gauravarapu was employed at a Surrey Royal Bank branch.

Second degree murder comes with a mandatory life sentence.

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