October 03, 2013 - 11:07 AM
KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops man who admitted to killing his father won't be granted parole from his life sentence in jail for 12 years.
Jaipreet Singh Toor, 46, sat with his head down for much of his sentencing today after pleading guilty to second degree murder in September.
The plea came after he stabbed his 79-year-old father to death, 31 times, in March 2012 at their Kamloops home.
Toor told the courts today he had nobody to collect his personal belongings that remain in police custody. Toor's mother, who was asleep upstairs while he killed his father, has since suffered emotional and physical trauma and did not attend the sentencing or plea.
"It would be an understatement to say that her loss has been profound," said Supreme Court Justice Sheri Donegan. "She has lost both her husband and her son."
The Crown earlier outlined the events of the crime. Toor was angry with his father who was pushing him to get a job and wouldn't give him money. Donegan allowed Toor's plea after deeming he understood the elements of his crime and had the cognitive capacity to conduct his own defence.
Toor moved from India with his parents to Ontario in 1985 before settling in Surrey and eventually moving to Kamloops. His wife left him with his son, whom Toor has no contact with.
His criminal history is atypical to most cases that go before the courts. His first conviction came at the age of 41—a 2008 drunk driving conviction followed by various breaches. Everything snowballed from there — he faced multiple assault charges, including one against his father. The younger Toor was still under court-ordered conditions when he killed his father.
"He had a good successful life until he and his family moved to Kamloops," Donegan said.
Crown prosecutor Chris Balison asked Donegan to consider 12 to 14 years of parole ineligibility.
Toor requested 10 years, asking for the opportunity to further his education, improve his health, gain valuable employment and become a contributing member of society.
"I have no doubt he is sincere in his desire for rehabilitation," Donegan said.
However Donegan emphasized deterrence in her sentence and said his goals are 'hopeful predictors.'
"Less hopeful predictors are Mr. Toor's history of violence," she said, along with his inability to manage anger and lack of desire to engage in counselling.
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