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VANCOUVER: An Indo-Canadian man from the nearby city of Abbotsford has been found guilty of second-degree murder of his sister by multiple stabbings in 2010.
Harmohinder Singh Khosa, 43, killed his 34-year-old sister Amarjit who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in the mid-1990s. Like his sister, Khosa too was diagnosed with schizophrenia a few years before his sister.
On the day of the murder on July 21, 2010, Khosa drove to pick up his mother Baljinder who was living with his sister Amarjit. When Khosa returned home with his mother, his sister Amarjit started calling his house frantically.
Annoyed, Khosa drove to Amarjit with a steak knife. He told her, “Amarjit you have bothered us too much” and then stabbed her in the neck as many as 13 times.
After committing the crime, he returned home, hid the knife and washed blood from his clothes.
During his trial, his lawyer argued that Khosa shouldn’t be held guilt of the murder because of his mental disorder.
But Khosa testified that he killed his sister so that she didn’t endanger herself or worry the family.
Using this argument of Khosa against him, Justice Miriam Maisonville of the British Columbia supreme court said this shows that he didn’t kill his sister because of his mental disorder but only after rationally thinking that she may endanger herself.
“This (killing), I find, was due to his anger and frustration with respect to his sister as well as his feeling that this was the only permanent solution,’’ the judge said.
He “was angry and frustrated and thought it was to Amarjit’s benefit to kill her – but he knew the act was morally and legally wrong,’’ Justice Miriam Maisonville said in her verdict.
Sentencing arguments begin on December 20.
One of the fastest growing cities in Canada, Abbotsford is home to a huge Sikh Punjabi population.