A 46-year-old son accused of stabbing his father to death with a knife told B.C. Supreme Court he had a successful family and career until 2007, when his “life started to fall apart.”
A B.C. Supreme Court justice accepted Jaipreet Singh Toor’s second-degree murder plea Tuesday and the fact he chose to represent himself at a sentence hearing.
“He had a good, successful life until his family moved to Kamloops,” Toor told Justice Sheri Donegan, speaking in the third person of his life and the violent murder of his father.
“Then, in 2007, no more jobs for him; no more support from his family; no more support for him. Then his criminal life began.”
The successful life included jobs in retail, banking, finance and as a computer technician. Toor owned a home, was married and fathered a son, now 17.
The criminal life started with an impaired charge in 2007 and would go on to include assaults against his father, a worker at Bowlertime Sports and, most recently, a guard at KRCC. He divorced his wife in 2006, after she left him with the couple’s son.
Toor was born and educated in India. The family came to Canada in 1985.
Since the day of the killing, Toor has admitted murdering his 79-year-old father, Harsewak Toor at their home on March 20 last year after his father refused to give him $20.
Harsewak had given his son $10 that morning. Jaipreet used the money to purchase two cans of Colt 45 strong beer, which he drank.
After his father, working in his electronic shop, refused to hand over an additional $20 at noon, Toor said he walked upstairs to get a knife.
His father confronted him, asking what the knife was for.
“I came to the understanding he would call RCMP. I had so much anger and aggression in my heart, thinking this person is not helping me out.”
He then began stabbing his father, picking up a second knife when the first broke in Harsewak’s torso. Crown lawyer Chris Balison said Harsewak was stabbed 31 times in the area of the heart and lungs.
Toor fired two lawyers and refused all attempts at a psychiatric assessment to determine whether he was not criminally responsible due to a mental illness. A pre-sentence report from 2009, when he was sentenced on an assault charge, detailed problems with depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
He has taken anti-depressants and seen a psychiatrist. He also admitted to alcoholism and attended Alcoholics Anonymous for three years, at the pleading of his son.
There were no family members in the courtroom and Toor said he no longer has any contact with them. His mother, upstairs sleeping at the time of the murder, is now frail and suffers ongoing emotional trauma, the Crown said.
In accepting his guilty plea and decision to forego a lawyer, Justice Donegan called Toor “articulate and bright.
“He understands the court process, the charge he faces and role of the participants. He has the cognitive ability to consider a defence.”
Toor has steadfastly refused to defend his actions, saying only he was full of anger and aggression when he stabbed his father.
Wearing glasses and small in stature, Toor nodded repeatedly when the Crown outlined the slaying and his actions afterward, including reporting the crime to 9-1-1, telling the operator “this happened just ‘cause I fucking wanted it to.”
He hung his head at times during recitation of the crime, but showed no emotion in the courtroom.
“I have guilt in my heart that I killed my dad,” he told Donegan. “I shouldn’t have done that.”
A life sentence is mandatory in second-degree murder. The Crown is asking Toor serve 12 to 14 years before he is eligible for parole. The maximum is 25 years.
The judgment is set for Oct. 2.
Saying he wants to seek counselling and education in jail, Toor argued he should serve the minimum 10 years before being eligible for parole.