- NRI Mukhtiar Panghali killed pregnant wife sentenced to life in prison
Surrey, Dec. 25, 2011
B.C. , Canada Supreme Court judge has sentenced Mukhtiar Panghali to life in prison with no parole for 15 years for killing his pregnant wife. He was convicted last month of second-degree murder and interfering with bodily remains.
Manjit’s burned body was found near a Delta waterway in October, 2006. Panghali’s parole eligibility still had to be determined. The Crown argued for 20 years; the defence, 10 to 13 years.
Justice Heather Holmes said:
- Because offences of spousal violence often take place within the home, as this one did, they may be all the more difficult to investigate and prosecute.
- In many situations, there will be no witnesses to the offence and the offender will have the opportunity to delay in making a report and thus to conceal evidence of the offence. I agree with Crown prosecutor Dennis Murray that deterrence is, therefore, all the more important.”
- Mr. Panghali’s conduct after his wife’s death as chilling
- Mr. Panghali waited more than a day to report Ms. Panghali missing
- For three-year-old daughter Maya- It is difficult, indeed, to imagine how Maya will later work through the psychological and emotional challenges associated with a growing understanding that her own father not only strangled her mother, but also burned her mother’s body.
- The factors in the case “called for the strongest message of condemnation and deterrence
Mr. Mukhtiar Panghali’s lawyer, Michael Tammen, said he would likely appeal.
Panghali's murder case nears verdict in Canada Memorial
Surrey, Dec. 11, 2010
Punjabi woman's murder case nears verdict in Canada
By Gurmukh Singh
Vancouver, Dec 11, 2010: Defence and prosecution lawyers Friday finished their arguments in a sensational Indo-Canadian murder case here in which a Punjabi man is accused of strangulating his pregnant wife and burning her body four years ago............READ
Panghali Memorial Fund" set up by School and Surrey
Surrey, April 13 2007, 2006
Every year, two students will be awarded
$500 scholarships each, graduating from Panorama High
School, BC, Canada. North Ridge Elementary School
established the Manjit Panghali Memorial Fund in March
Court Appearance is on Surry April 23, 2007 - Surrey
Provincial Court #10 Hwy. @ 9:30am Court Room 101
brother Sukhvinder Panghali released from jail on $100,000
Surrey, April 03, 2007-- Sukhvinder Panghali's brother of Mukhtiar
Panghali was charged with second-degree murder in the
death of Manjit Phangali was released from jail on $100,000
bail.Mukhtiar Panghali and brother Sukhvinder
Panghali wer accused of improper or indecent interference
with a body.
Panghali, charged for murder of his wife, Manjit
It is coincidence
that Husband faces murder charge on day she was to give
birth to 2nd child
DELTA, B.C, March 13, 2007,
On Monday, police announced that the husband,
Mukhtiar Panghali has been charged for murder of his
pregnant wife Manjit Phangali . Mukhtiar's younger brother
Sukhvinder, 27, was also charged. Both men were remanded
in custody till March 22, according to reports. ......More
Manjit Phangali's burned body found
Surrey, October 27, 2006
---On Oct. 26, Police confirmed the news
to Panghali's family that the burned body is that of
the missing teacher, pregnant Manjit Phangali. Manjot's
brother says police have confirmed from dental records
that it is Manjit's body. Police said the autopsy done
on the body found Monday morning .......More
would not leave her family alone," said husband
Surrey, Oct 25, 2006
"It was really out of her character,"
said Panghali, a physics teacher at Surrey's Princess
Margaret Secondary. "She would not leave her
family alone, she would not leave her daughter alone
and she would not leave me alone." Panghali said
his wife maintained a tight routine and it was out
of character for her to stay away from home without
resident, Navreet Kaur Waraich had been stabbed
to death by her husband in basement of Newton county.
Her husband Jatinder Waraich, cab driver was arrested.