The man described as the “eyes and ears” in the 2011 murder of Maple Batalia has been sentenced to 18-months in jail.
Gursimar Singh Bedi was found guilty of accessory to murder in the death of model and SFU student back in May, but escaped conviction on a charge of manslaughter.
The judge says Bedi has shown remorse and worked to leave his previous lifestyle behind.
“We spent more than five and a half years here, we are not happy about this,” Maple’s mother Sarbjit tearfully told reporters outside the New Westminster Supreme Court.
“All communities, you have to change the justice system.”
Her father Harkirat was equally upset with the ruling.
“We are left with nothing. We lost our angel, and she’s not going to come back.”
Maple’s ex-boyfriend, Gurjinder “Gary” Dhaliwal pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in an earlier trial, and is currently serving life in prison and with no chance of parole for 21 years.
Her sister Roseleen said at the time of Dhaliwal’s trial that Maple tried to help him, but that when she finally walked away from the relationship, he killed her.
Maple was gunned down in the parking lot of the SFU Surrey campus six years ago, while heading home after a late night of studying.
She was shot five times, three of those shots hit her torso. She was also attacked with a knife.
With files from Jill Bennett