Contract killer who murdered mom of 6 gets day parole, but likely on his way out of Canada

JENNIFER SALTMAN
VANCOUVER DESI

A contract killer who bludgeoned a Matsqui mother of six to death in 1985 has been granted day parole, but it’s expected he’ll soon be on his way out of Canada.

A 2004 mugshot of convicted contract killer Satpal Singh Jhatoo, who has been granted day parole and is now facing deportation to India.

A 2004 mugshot of convicted contract killer Satpal Singh Jhatoo, who has been granted day parole and is now facing deportation to India. (PNG files)

Satpal Singh Jhatoo was 17 years old when he beat 45-year-old Ranjit Kaur Toore to death with a baseball bat and then set her body on fire. Toore’s husband had promised him $10,000, a job and a house if he killed her.

Jhatoo pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and in 1987 was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years. After serving just seven years, Jhatoo was granted day parole, but it was revoked after he was arrested for cocaine trafficking.

The federal immigration department had a deportation order for Jhatoo, but he appealed and in 1995 an immigration appeal board overturned the order. The immigration department appealed to the Federal Court of Canada, which in 1996 found no legal basis for overturning the board’s decision.

Jhatoo was again granted day parole in 2002, and it was continued twice. In January 2004, Jhatoo applied for full parole, assuring the Parole Board of Canada that he was prepared to return to India if his application was granted.

Jhatoo was granted full parole. However, he was not taken into custody by immigration officials and when his plane for India left in February 2004, he wasn’t on it. Jhatoo managed to evade capture for almost eight years.

After receiving numerous tips from the public, Canada Border Services Agency inland enforcement officers apprehended Jhatoo in Vancouver in October 2011. When he was arrested, he gave a false name and had a knife in his pocket.

Jhatoo, now 46 years old, applied for day parole this year and a hearing was held in mid-May.

According to the Parole Board of Canada decision, Jhatoo has a criminal record that includes previous convictions for property, obstruction and assault-related offences. He has a history of poor behaviour while on release and is considered a moderate to high risk to reoffend with violence.

“The psychologist noted that there has been an absence of violence for over 28 years, but stated that you have not appreciably changed from the individual you were … and that there remains the potential for you to slip into your anti-social ways with a disregard, if not outright callousness, of the impact your actions might have on others,” the board’s decision reads.

However, the board noted that Jhatoo has made progress since he was re-incarcerated in 2011. He has completed a number of programs, remained employed, recognized his risk factors and behaved well. There have been no concerns during seven recent escorted absences from prison.

Jhatoo has also demonstrated remorse and empathy for Toore’s children.

“You stated that you live with the guilt and remorse of your actions every day,” the board wrote.

He has said he is committed to living a sober, crime-free life and has strong support in the community.

The board concluded that Jhatoo’s risk is manageable both in Canada and India if he is released.

According to the parole board, it is up to the Correctional Service of Canada to determine Jhatoo’s day parole release date, when it is presumed he will be taken into the custody of the CBSA. Travel documents have been secured for Jhatoo.

An emailed statement from the CBSA said the Immigration and Refugee Board found Jhatoo to be inadmissible to Canada for serious criminality and there is a removal order for him. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act states that removal orders must be enforced “as soon as possible”; however, the CBSA did not say whether the order for Jhatoo has already been enforced.

The parole board decision said Jhatoo intends to appeal his deportation order.

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