Brother sentenced to life for killing schizophrenic sister in her Abbotsford home

Published: January 10, 2014

Abbotsford police and The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) investigate the “suspicious death” of a 34-year-old Abbotsford woman who was found in a suite on Austin Avenue in Abbotsford July 22, 2010. Nick Procaylo/ PNG

JENNIFER SALTMAN
VANCOUVER DESI

An Abbotsford man who stabbed his mentally-ill sister to death in 2010 has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 10 years.

Harmohinder Singh Khosa, 43, was found guilty in November of the second-degree murder of 34-year-old Amarjit Kaur Khosa.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Miriam Maisonville delivered her sentencing decision in a New Westminster courtroom on Friday.

On July 21, 2010, Khosa received a call to pick up his mother, Baljinder, at the home she shared with her daughter Amarjit, who was schizophrenic and could be verbally and physically abusive. Khosa picked up his mother and brought her to his home.

Khosa’s father was killed in India in the 1980s and Khosa, the eldest of four children, took responsibility for Amarjit when she was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the late 1990s, a few years after his own diagnosis.

After Khosa picked up his mother, his sister called his house a number of times. Khosa became overwhelmed and decided to kill his sister to prevent her from endangering herself or causing their family worry or shame.

Khosa took a steak knife from his home and drove over to confront his sister. The two argued and Khosa told her, “Amarjit you have bothered us too much,” before stabbing her in the neck area 13 times.

Khosa then returned home, cleaned and hid the knife and washed his clothes.

Khosa admitted to killing his sister, but his lawyer argued that Khosa was delusional and had a psychotic break when he killed Amarjit, but Judge Maisonville disagreed.

“He was angry and frustrated and thought it was to Amarjit’s benefit to kill her — but he knew the act was morally and legally wrong,” Maisonville said in her November decision.

There is an automatic life sentence for adults convicted of murder, however the period of parole eligibility for someone convicted of second-degree murder can vary from 10 to 25 years. Crown and defence had asked for a 10-year period of parole ineligibility.

“I find no reason to depart from the joint submission and I find it is appropriate,” Maisonville said.

Outside court, defence lawyer Brij Mohan said Khosa has 30 days to file an appeal and indicated that it’s likely he will appeal the conviction.

Mohan said he will have to review the judge’s decision and consult with his client.

“For the most part, it’s nothing else but a sad case,” Mohan said. “The family has to suffer. They have been suffering — they will suffer for the rest of their lives.”

Related stories:

jensaltman@theprovince.com
twitter.com/jensaltman






Featured

Surrey-politics

Barinder Rasode primed to run for Surrey mayor’s chair

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI Surrey city councillor Barinder Rasode will officially announce her bid for mayor at a “special celebration” organized at SFU Surrey on…
Continue Reading »

Little India

Death of a neighbourhood? Little India’s Punjabi Market struggles to survive

GORDON MCINTYRE VANCOUVER DESI When Simran and Hardeep Virk met 20 years ago at Langara College, they’d go to All India Sweets & Restaurant for…
Continue Reading »

New Westminster BC crime

Surrey teen Serena Vermeersch’s murder has neighbourhood on edge

JOHN COLEBOURN AND CHERYL CHAN VANCOUVER DESI Homicide investigators are searching for the driver of a pickup truck spotted in the area where a 17-year-old…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Surrey-politics

Barinder Rasode primed to run for Surrey mayor’s chair

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI Surrey city councillor Barinder Rasode will officially announce her bid for mayor at a “special celebration” organized at SFU Surrey on…
Continue Reading »

Rally held in Saskatoon in support of 65-year-old woman deported to Pakistan

THE CANADIAN PRESS SASKATOON — Supporters of a 65-year-old woman who was deported to her native Pakistan earlier this week have held a rally at…
Continue Reading »

Little India

Death of a neighbourhood? Little India’s Punjabi Market struggles to survive

GORDON MCINTYRE VANCOUVER DESI When Simran and Hardeep Virk met 20 years ago at Langara College, they’d go to All India Sweets & Restaurant for…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

COLD_MURDER_SENTENCE_20130410_210705138

Vancouver murder victim’s family relieved as judges reject killer’s appeal of conviction (w/ video)

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI The family and friends of murdered Vancouver teen Poonam Randhawa breathed a collective sigh of relief as the girl’s killer lost…
Continue Reading »

India weird news

Air India passenger finds half-eaten worm mixed in his breakfast on flight to Delhi

VANCOUVER DESI An Air India passenger in upper economy class was horrified when he noticed a half-eaten worm mixed in with his breakfast plate on…
Continue Reading »

deportation-Canada

Blatchford: Pakistani woman deserves a better life in this big, empty country

CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD POSTMEDIA NEWS When I saw the picture of a weeping Jamila Bibi in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Tuesday, I thought of only one…
Continue Reading »

politicians barred

Pakistani politicians barred from flight for turning up late (w/video)

IANS Islamabad – Two Pakistani politicians were barred from a flight for holding it up for over one-and-a-half hours, media reported Tuesday. Passengers of an…
Continue Reading »

Simian death-monkey god

Monkey gets Hindu cremation by Indian villagers to avoid misfortune

VANCOUVER DESI In a bizarre sequence of events, almost 200 youths shaved off their heads to ward off ‘ill omen’ brought on by the death…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone’s one night stand

VANCOUVER DESI Indo-Canadian porn star-turned-Bollywood actress Sunny Leone is all set to romance Rana Daggubati in her next film titled One Night Stand, according to…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood

‘Bang Bang’ turned down ‘Bigg Boss’ offer?

IANS Mumbai – TV shows are considered an important platform to promote a film before its release, thanks to its wider reach. However, it seems…
Continue Reading »

Desi Sex

Gallery: Bollywood’s on-screen sex queens

VANCOUVER DESI When it comes to lighting fire on the silver screen, our Bollywood actresses don’t shy away from lovemaking scenes. But some are more…
Continue Reading »