Convicted killer, Ninderjit Singh, was sentenced on Wednesday to 16 years imprisonment for murdering his teenage girlfriend near her Vancouver high school in 1999. B.C. Supreme Court Justice, Bruce Butler, stated that Singh actually deserved even more than the customary 10 year parole ineligibility period for killing Poonam Randhawa in 1999. Family and relatives of Randhawa were present in the courtroom 20 at the Vancouver Law Courts to see her killer sentenced.
Singh, who was a former Vancouver resident but later fled to California after killing Randhawa on Jan. 26, 1999, pleaded guilty to charges of second degree murder on March 11, a short while before the case was set for trial. Singh’s conviction implies imprisonment for a minimum 10 years before parole eligibility. However, Crown prosecutor, Sandra Cunningham, requested Butler to sentence Singh to remain behind bars for at least 17 to 20 years before allowing him to apply for parole. She highlighted that Singh’s crime was pre-planned and uncalled-for and that he escaped justice for 12 and a half years with the help of his family while hiding out in California.
Whereas, Singh’s lawyer, Russ Chamberlain, alleged that the 10 year minimum is an adequate sentence because Singh, who is now 35-years-old, does not has any prior criminal record. Chamberlain explained that “it was not born out of a malicious desire to kill another human being,” and that “it wasn’t a cruel hunting down of this woman to kill her in my submission.”
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