The defence is pushing for four years in jail but the Crown is insisting on nothing less than six to eight years for Maninder Gill, former managing director of Radio India, who has been found guilty in the aggravated assault and firearms case in which Surrey businessman Harjit Atwal was shot in the leg at a wedding at Surrey’s Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara on August 28, 2010.
Gill was convicted of discharging a firearm with intent to wound or disfigure, aggravated assault, intentionally discharging a firearm while reckless, pointing a firearm and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Before the shooting Atwal had filed a civil suit against Gill and Radio India alleging damages from defamatory statements broadcast about Atwal.
A month after the shooting Gill asked for police protection after shots were fired into the living room of his home.
Gill’s lawyer Tony Paisana argued that his client should get the minimum sentence of four years.
“Mr. Gill has quite an exemplary background. He’s been part of this community for nearly 40 years now. And, his contributions to this community have been quite remarkable over the years helping individuals.”
The sentencing decision is expected on July 14th. – CINEWS