A 46-year-old Kamloops man who stabbed his father 31 times will find out Tuesday whether the court accepts his guilty plea.
Jaipreet Singh Toor was arrested on March 20, 2012, 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.
Toor fired two lawyers in the lead-up to his trial and on Monday appeared alone in court representing himself. No family or support attended the proceedings.
He said he didn’t want to discuss a defence or sentencing leniency based on mental disorder. He is diagnosed and takes medication for obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression.
“I will succumb to anything the Crown seeks,” he said.
Crown lawyer Chris Balison said he’s seeking a life sentence of 25 years without parole eligibility for 12 to 14 years.
On the day of the crime, Toor had been living at his parents’ home for three years.
His unstable emotional state had led him to become unemployed and his father constantly criticized him for it, Toor said.
In 2009, he’d been arrested and imprisoned for 90 days for assaulting his father but he was forgiven and welcomed back into the home.
However his father’s berating eventually took its toll, he said.
“One day I was so much filled with rage and anger against my dad, it was just too much,” he said.
The facts laid out by Crown lawyer Chris Balison on Monday were drawn from statements Toor made to RCMP after the incident.
The day began at about 8:30 a.m. when Toor asked his father for some money. He got $10 and went to the nearby beer store for two cans of Colt 45, which he drank.
At noon, he returned to his father, who was by then in the electronics shop he ran out of his home. His father refused to give him $20.
Toor had a knife with him and began stabbing his father, who ran out of the house.
Balison said evidence shows that the knife broke during the altercation so Toor used a second knife to continue the assault.
Harsewak Toor eventually fell between his home and the neighbour’s and died with a knife protruding from his chest.
Toor’s mother was in her bedroom and apparently unaware of what was happening, said Balison.
Toor called 911 and said he killed his father.
He told police that his father had lots of money and should have given him some.
“This happened just because I f***king want it to,” Toor said at the time, according to Balison.
Toor finds out Tuesday if his guilty plea and Crown’s desired sentence is accepted.