Vancouver man who murdered ex-girlfriend and fled to California loses appeal of his sentence

Updated on Apr 02, 2015 05:04 PM IST

The B.C court upheld the appeal of Vancouver man murdered his ex- girlfriend. Ninderjit Singh pleaded guilty in the January 1999 second-degree murder of 18-year old Poonam Randhawa.. B.C. Supreme court Justice Bruce Butler imposed the mandatory life sentence with no parole eligibility for 16 years.

ByKeith Fraser

The B.C court upheld the appeal of Vancouver man murdered his ex- girlfriend.

Ninderjit Singh pleaded guilty in the January 1999 second-degree murder of 18-year old Poonam Randhawa.. B.C. Supreme court Justice Bruce Butler imposed the mandatory life sentence with no parole eligibility for 16 years.

Singh appealed the parole eligibility period, arguing that it was too long, but a three-judge panel of B.C.’s of the apex court rejected his arguments.

“I would dismiss this appeal; it is without merit,” said chief Justice Robert Bauman in reasons for judgment released on Friday.

A jilted boyfriend, Singh stalked the girl and physically assaulted her shortly before the 1999 murder.

He shot her once in the head before fleeing to California, where he took up a new life.

Police eventually launched an undercover operation and he was arrested in August 2011, after being on the lam for 12 years.

He was extradited back to Canada, but on the eve of his trial entered the guilty plea.

The Appeal Court had earlier dismissed Singh’s appeal of his conviction.

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