Parole denied for Surrey driver who killed couple, injured their daughters

Ravinder Binning parole

File: Ravinder Singh Binning leaves Surrey Provincial Court in Surrey, BC., December 6, 2011. Nick Procaylo/PNG

JENNIFER SALTMAN
THE PROVINCE 

VICTORIA — Three sisters whose parents were killed in a horrific hit-and-run crash in Surrey five years ago say the Parole Board of Canada made the right decision when it denied day and full parole for Ravinder Singh Binning.

“He’s a prolific offender. He shouldn’t have been released, he didn’t get released, and that’s a good thing,” Varinder Badh said Thursday following a parole hearing at the minimum-security William Head Institution near Victoria, which she attended with her sisters Rupi Badh and Jatinder Badh-Bir.

In March 2012, Binning was sentenced to 41/2 years in prison and given a 10-year driving prohibition after pleading guilty to two counts of dangerous driving causing death, one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm and one count of leaving the scene of an accident.
Binning was given six months of credit for time served, leaving four years on his sentence.

Thursday was the 31-year-old’s first time before the parole board.

Surrey crash

Photos of Mr Dilbag Singh and  his wife Bakshish Kaur Badh who were killed in the Surrey accident. Handout

On July 12, 2008 around 1:30 a.m. Rupi, Varinder, Dilbag and Bakhshish Badh were driving home along 128th Street in Surrey from Rupi’s engagement party, when Binning, who was driving a white Acura, drove his car into the back end of the Badh family’s BMW.

The BMW spun into a utility pole. Bakhshish, 60, was ejected and died in the street. Dilbag, 61, died almost instantly in the back seat of the car.

Varinder, who was in the passenger seat, was critically injured. Rupi, who was driving, suffered serious injuries.

The Acura flipped on to its roof and slid down 128th Street. When it stopped, Binning fled. He claimed that he was scared and not thinking, and he had no idea anyone had been injured or killed.

“I ran from the scene like a coward … I regret it every day,” he told the parole board.

At the hearing, Binning admitted for the first time that he had been street racing in the moments before the crash. He said a black Camaro drove up next to him at an intersection and revved its engine.

“I thought I was challenged,” Binning said. “I raced him.”

Binning said he was trying to cut off the Camaro, which was in the left lane, when he ran into the BMW. It was estimated that Binning was driving between 105 and 120 km/h in a 60 km/h zone at the time of impact.

While Binning maintains that he was not driving under the influence of alcohol that night, he blamed alcoholism and a bad group of friends — he considered gangster Sandip Duhre a family friend and hung out with him regularly — for his terrible decisions.

He said he had no regard for anyone else and was living a destructive lifestyle, evident in his significant driving record both before and after the crash.
Binning said he now takes full responsibility for his actions.

“I’m lost for words to express my profound regret for what I’ve done,” Binning said tearfully of his sorrow for the Badh family’s loss. “The pain I’ve caused is immeasurable.”

While the parole board recognized that Binning is taking responsibility, it said he continues to minimize some details about the crash.

“You have gained some insight … but you still continue to lack sufficient insight into the effect of your actions,” said board member Bent Andersen.

The board concluded that Binning’s release plan did not have sufficient structure or support from the community or his institutional parole officers.

There was also concern that Binning had not fully addressed his risk factors for reoffending, which include substance abuse, attitude, negative associations, anger, impulsivity and inability to foresee the consequences of his actions.

Binning has not taken any programming, although he attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and counselling.

The board considered Binning an undue risk to the public.

“We wish you well as you continue to deal with your issues,” Andersen said.

Binning will be allowed to reapply for parole in a year. His statutory release date is Nov. 14, 2014, and his sentence expires in March 2016.

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