More than four years after Maple Batalia’s death, the man accused of murdering her returned to court Thursday.
The 19-year-old SFU student was shot dead in a parkade near the university’s Surrey campus about 1 a.m. on September 28, 2011, following a late-night study session with friends.
Loved ones held three days of prayers at a local temple last fall to mark the anniversary of her death.
Accused Gurjinder Dhaliwal’s first-degree murder trial is moving forward. His alleged accomplice, Gursimer Bedi, is charged with manslaughter.
Dhaliwal was charged in December 2012. His trial was originally set to take place a year ago.
Since then, Batalia’s family has put up a petition online, calling for reforms to the justice system.
Her father, Harry Batalia, says he and his wife, Sarbjit, “miss her every moment.”
“We cannot enjoy the food, the type of recipe with which we used to share with her.”
Dhaliwal and Batalia had dated, but the young woman ended the relationship.
Last September, Bedi was handed a 12-month conditional sentence in an unrelated case after admitting he sold cocaine to an undercover cop in Surrey in 2012.