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Indo-Canadian gets 8-yr jail for murder

Gurinder Gill, Hindustan Times  Vancouver, September 22, 2012
First Published: 14:24 IST(22/9/2012) | Last Updated: 15:03 IST(22/9/2012)

An Indo-Canadian Surrey-based man, Iqbal Singh Vinepal, has been awarded eight years of imprisonment for disfiguring his ex-girlfriend with a knife and killing her boyfriend. Vinepal, 56, had been tried for stabbing Naib Singh Toor, 33, on August 13, 2010, and also for attempted murder of Razia Salaam, his former girlfriend.

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As per police records, Vinepal stabbed Salaam and sliced her face and throat with a long filleting knife as he suspected her of having an affair with other man.

On the day of incident, Vinepal was reportedly boozing with Toor in the house located in the 12800-block of 99th Avenue in Whalley, where Salaam was also present at that time. As per some media reports, jealousy and a dispute about wages owed to Toor by Vinepal were led to argument, which culminated into physical attack.

Vinepal stabbed Toor that proved fatal for. He also attacked Salaam but she survived.

Though Vinepal had claimed in the court that he was attacked by both of them and he acted in self-defence, the court didn't buy his theory and convicted him.

The court was informed that Vinepal never regretted for the extreme step taken by him and he was a habitual drinker. On the day incident, he was drunk.

In the past, Vinepal had been charged with impaired driving and assault. His sister had to reportedly pay $100,000 for his bail.

The eight-year sentence was reduced by 21 months as Vinepal he had spent some time in prison. The crown had asked for a sentence of eight to 10 years, while the defence had suggested four to seven years.

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