A man accused of killing his father demanded Monday to plead guilty in court without help from a lawyer.
Jaipreet Singh Toor, 45, was arrested March 20 last year and charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his father, 79-year-old Harsewak Toor in front of their home on 13th Street.
In a brief outline in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday, Crown lawyer Chris Balison alleged Toor stabbed his father 30 times in the chest, something to which Toor reportedly admitted to a 9-1-1 operator, police at the scene and afterwards at the detachment.
Toor has fired two of his lawyers since.
His last lawyer, Jeremy Jensen, sought to bring an application that Toor be assessed to determine if he was not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder. But Toor declined to agree to that application.
A blog written by Toor before his arrest stated he tried to commit suicide three times. He also called Osama bin Laden his father.
"I chose to represent myself and plead guilty for this charge," Toor told Justice Hope Hyslop.
Both the prosecutor and Hyslop urged Toor to find a lawyer, particularly to represent him at a sentence hearing. But Toor repeatedly asked what sentence range Crown was seeking and declined aid from a defence lawyer.
"I'll accept whatever sentence is handed down to me by Crown counsel . . . . It could be up to 25 years behind bars."
Balison said he'd be seeking the standard range of parole eligibility for the crime, which carries a life sentence. The standard eligibility before parole is granted is typically between 11 and 15 years.