Canada No Chance Of Parole For 15 Years

Panghali gets life sentence in wife's killing

No chance of parole for 15 years

CBC News
Posted: Mar 25, 2011 9:15 AM PT
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2011 10:24 AM PT


Mukhtiar Panghali listens to the prosecutor during his trial
in which he is charged with murdering his wife. ((CBC))

Former Surrey, B.C., teacher Mukhtiar Panghali has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years for killing his pregnant wife.

The sentence was handed down in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster on Friday morning. He was convicted last month of second-degree murder in the killing of Manjit Panghali.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes said aggravating circumstances in the case include that the crime was committed against a spouse, the victim was more vulnerable because she was pregnant and the murder was committed in their home, which is considered the "safest of places."

Speaking outside the courtroom, Manjit's sister, Jasmine Bhambra, said sentence is fit, but nothing will bring back her sister. Bhambra said she wants Panghali to finally admit he killed his wife.

The burned remains of the 31-year-old, who was four months pregnant, were found in October 2006.

At a hearing last week in B.C. Supreme Court, defence lawyers argued the first-time offender should spend 10 to 13 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.

The Crown pushed for at least 20 years, saying Panghali showed no regard for his wife, his unborn child or the couple's young daughter.