Punjabi youth pleads guilty in Maple Batalia’s murder in Canada

  • Gurpreet Singh, Hindustan Times, Vancouver
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2016 18:28 IST

The prime accused in the murder of Simon Fraser University student Maple Batalia has admitted to killing the aspiring model five years ago.

Batalia, 19, was killed in a parking lot near the university campus in Surrey in September, 2011.

Originally charged with first-degree murder, Gurjinder Singh alias Garry Dhaliwal told the New Westminster Supreme Court that he fired five shots Batalia and then slashed her with a knife.

In a joint statement, both the Canadian Crown and the defence have asked for life sentence for Dhaliwal.

The sentencing is expected on Monday, at long last, and end frustration among many in the Indo-Canadian community over the extended trial in the case

Read| Community remembers Maple Batalia on first death anniversary

The co-accused in the murder, Gursimar Bedi, is facing charges of accessory (aiding) and manslaughter.

Maple’s mother Sarabjit Batalia told HT that there won’t ever be a closure for her. “I have lost a daughter,” she said.

The latest development in the case comes days ahead of International Women’s Day. Many feminist groups were gearing up for annual celebrations this weekend and some had also planned events to seeking justice for Batalia.

According to the Crown, Dhaliwal grew jealous of Batalia after she broke up with him and had been confronting her frequently.

Sarabjit has urged the society to respect the independence of girls.

“Relationships cannot be imposed. If anyone decides to break up, nobody has the right to take one’s life (for that),” she said.

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