Surrey, March 11 (CINEWS): A jealous rage led Gurjinder Dhaliwal to gun down his ex-girlfriend in cold blood on the university campus where she was a student.
The court case has grabbed the attention of the South Asian community, many who have been following this case for a while now.
Justice Terence Schultes sentenced Gurjinder Dhaliwal, 24, to life in prison on Monday with no chance of parole for 21 years.
“I’ve heard and understood the magnitude of what the family and friends suffer,” Schultes told a packed New Westminster courtroom after a morning of listening to emotional victim-impact statements.
“There is no remedy for their pain.”
Dhaliwal pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last week, admitting to killing his 19-year-old former girlfriend in September 2011. He was originally charged with first-degree murder.
An agreed statement of facts describes how Dhaliwal became enraged and shot Batalia three times in the back before slashing her head with a knife and fleeing in a rental vehicle. Both the Crown and defence jointly recommended the 21 years of parole ineligibility.
Co-accused Gursimar Bedi has pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter and accessory to murder after the fact. His judge-alone trial began Tuesday.