A man who stabbed his 79-year-old father to death has shown little insight into the magnitude of his crime or the changes needed in his life, a B.C. Supreme Court justice said Tuesday.
Justice Sheri Donegan sentenced Jaipreet Singh Toor to life in prison without parole for at least 12 years for second-degree murder.
The 46-year-old man showed no emotion when the sentence was given. In the sentence hearing earlier this month — where he represented himself — Toor told Donegan he would accept whatever punishment the court chose to give.
Donegan recited the facts of March 20 last year, when Toor’s father, Harsewak, gave his son $10 in the morning. Jaipreet had been living with his mother and father for several years after experiencing loss of his marriage, jobs and struggling with depression and alcoholism.
Toor purchased two cans of beer and drank them. When he asked again at noon for $20, his father denied the request.
The younger Toor came back downstairs with a knife. He had already been convicted on another occasion of assault against his father.
When Harsewak asked his son what the knife was for, an enraged Jaipreet, fearing he would call police, stabbed his father. After the first knife broke he found another and continued stabbing a total of 31 times.
Crown lawyer Chris Balison asked that Toor serve at least 12 years before he is eligible for parole in the lifetime sentence. Toor asked for the minimum of 10 years.
While Toor accepted responsibility for the crime, from the time he called the emergency 911 operator immediately after the stabbing to his court appearances, Donegan said he has done little “to express the true magnitude of suffering and loss.”
A victim impact statement from Toor’s mother said she’s been left in a frail and emotionally broken state, afraid of social contact.
Toor, a father of a teenage son, has no friends or family support. He applied to get back clothing seized as part of the court process, but he told Donegan he has no friends or family on the outside to pick them up.
Toor said he wants to further his education and become a successful citizen on release, but Donegan noted he acted violently while in jail on the charges and has not taken counselling.
“In my view Mr. Toor shows no insight into the fundamental changes he needs to make,” she said.