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Parole denied for Surrey driver who killed couple

vancouverdesi.com  Victoria, September 01, 2013
First Published: 00:30 IST(1/9/2013) | Last Updated: 00:41 IST(1/9/2013)

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.

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"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 on 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 four-and-a-half 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.

On July 12, 2008, around 1.30am, 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."

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.

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

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