Gurjinder Dhaliwal gets life in prison, and can’t apply for parole for 21 years.
Last week Dhaliwal pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of Maple Batalia.
Maple was gunned down in the parking lot of the SFU Surrey Campus in 2011.
Victim impact statements
Family members of a slain SFU student continue to struggle through their victim impact statements.
“May you constantly be reminded of the night you took out angel,” father Harikat told Dhaliwal told the court.
“My life is like a burden, all the colour is lost” said her mother, Sarbjit, barely able to fight back her sobbing before turning towards her daughter’s killer yelling “Why did you kill my precious Maple?”
Outside the court, Maple’s sister Rosie told reporters “I’m just hoping she is looking down and is content that she finally got that justice… No matter what you do, it does catch up to you, and justice must be served.”
The crown asked for 21 years, citing Gurjinder Dhaliwal’s use of a gun and a knife in Maples murder.
Also among the factors, Dhaliwal’s obsessive controlling behaviour.
The defence agreed to the term, Lawyer Simon Beck said Dhaliwal wanted to say he was sorry for killing Maple Batalia, and he recognized it was a horrible thing he did.
Listen: CKNW Senior Reporter Jeremy Lye breaks down the sentencing
Last week Dhaliwal pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
Her sister Roseleen says Maple tried to help Dhaliwal, when she finally walked away from the relationship, he killed her.
Maple’s killer Dhaliwal was motionless in a glass booth as the statements were being read.
Legal proceedings around Maple Batalia’s murder continued with Dhaliwal’s co accused Gursimar Bedi.
Bedi is charged with accessory after the fact and manslaughter.
Bedi’s trial has been adjourned to 10am Tuesday.