Trial for tiger attack victim continued

A trial scheduled to begin Monday for Kulbir Dhaliwal, 27, one of two brothers injured in the fatal Christmas Day tiger attack at San Francisco Zoo, was continued to Oct. 27, a spokesman for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office said.

He faces charges of public intoxication and obstructing an officer in connection with an incident involving San Jose police on Sept. 7, said district attorney spokesman Nick Muyo.

His brother, Amritpal Dhaliwal, 19, was sentenced last week in San Jose to 16 months in state prison after he violated probation, Muyo said.

Amritpal Dhaliwal was arrested in April 2007 for felony evasion and resisting arrest after a vehicle chase involving Santa Clara sheriff's deputies.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of marijuana in December 2007, which was a violation of his probation, and to public intoxication, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer in connection with the same San Jose incident that Kulbir Dhaliwal was allegedly involved in, according to Muyo.

Amritpal Dhaliwal will begin his prison term in September, Muyo said, adding that he will first have to be transferred to Alameda County for pending charges for shoplifting electronic equipment.

The Dhaliwal brothers were both injured in the Christmas Day tiger mauling that claimed the life of their friend 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr., of San Jose, at the San Francisco Zoo.
-Bay City News Service

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