Going from Prison officer to prisoner is the one thing that people should fear the most, and unfortunately for corrections officer Sukhpreet Singh, this is the life she is now leading.
Sukhpreet Singh became a prisoner of love after falling for brawny bandit Tatum Ogden — an inmate at Toronto South Detention Centre where she worked, and now the suspended prison guard is locked up at the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton.
Singh is accused of two counts of robbery for allegedly using her mom’s black Jeep Wrangler and acting as Ogden’s getaway driver in two robberies— one an armed holdup at a Brampton subway shop on March 13, the other a violent robbery at a Huntsville business on March 16.
Singh, who was working as an exotic dancer, lost her bid for freedom on Thursday. Justice Joseph Bovard denied her bail at College Park saying the Crown’s case against her wasn’t “overwhelming, but was close to it.”
Her lawyer Gurbir Singh said he’ll vigorously defend her against the allegations and will likely appeal the bail decision to a higher court.
“She has an impeccably clean record, as all jail guards must have. She should be granted bail,” her lawyer maintained.
Ogden befriended the 24-year-old beauty while serving time last year, said Bovard. She reported to her superiors that Ogden was calling her cellphone.
She was suspended from duty last fall for fraternizing with the career criminal, who has a lengthy record and five firearms prohibitions. She’s grieving that suspension.
Ogden, 32, is charged with a dozen robberies — including a break-and-enter at Singh’s father’s Tandoori restaurant in Brampton where he allegedly snatched $100 while an unidentified blonde woman kept watch.
He allegedly used her mom’s vehicle in many of his holdups, but Singh is only accused of involvement in two robberies.
When Peel Regional Police tried to arrest Ogden on Rainforest Dr. — where he and Singh were living — after he allegedly stole $200 from a sandwich shop on Kennedy Rd. S. on March 13, cops claim he smashed the car into their cruisers.
He broke free, sped away in a dangerous and reckless manner and evaded his pursuers. But Ogden was later captured and remains in custody.
Singh, who sports blonde and black streaked hair, is a former teenage boxing champion.
She once aspired to become a cop, enrolling in the Police Foundations college course and working several security jobs before starting at Toronto South in October 2017.
In November 2018, police allegedly found Ogden beside the Wrangler, which was the suspected getaway car from a recent LCBO theft. Singh allegedly identified herself as a correctional officer from Toronto South and flashed her badge.
Ogden allegedly identified himself as “Andrew Tynes,” but two weeks later, cops determined he was a suspect wanted on a warrant.
“She shielded him from the police using her status as a correctional officer when he gave a false name,” said Justice Bovard.
Singh allegedly told police that while she was waiting as Ogden’s driver, expecting him to pick up drugs. But when she allegedly saw him run out carrying a cash drawer and screaming, “Drive, drive,” she quickly changed her mind, said Bovard
After the March 13 Brampton subway shop robbery, Singh travelled with Ogden to Huntsville but she never attempted to flee or notify police, added Bovard.
In Huntsville, it’s alleged Ogden and another suspect inflicted serious but not life-threatening injuries on a robbery victim on March 16. The victim’s face had impressions of his assailants’ footwear.
Singh was granted bail in Huntsville but was held on her GTA charges for a bail hearing on Wednesday. She separated last year from her husband — the father of her three-year-old daughter and the son of her boxing coach.
As she was being led in handcuffs out of the downtown Toronto courtroom Thursday, she turned and sobbed to her family: “I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything.”