Brampton man guilty of killing his wife and mother-in-law

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Published October 19, 2021 at 5:04 pm

Baljit Thandi, 32, (left) and her mother Avtar Kaur, 60, (right) were killed by Dalwinder Singh in January 2018.

A Brampton man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife and mother-in-law.

In January 2018, Dalwinder Singh was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the stabbing deaths of his 32-year-old wife Baljit Thandi and her mother, 60-year-old mother Avtar Kaur.

Singh has been found guilty of the murders and will serve two concurrent life sentences with no chance of parole for 25 years.

The court heard Singh became angry with Thandi and Kaur when he learned the women were planning a family event to celebrate the birth of the couple’s son.

Superior Court Justice Kofi Barnes said the evidence against Singh was “overwhelming,” and that his actions were “senseless, shocking and tragic.”

Thandi and Kaur each reportedly sustained dozens of injuries in the attack, including stab wounds to the chest and neck. Thandi and Singh’s 9-months-old son was also in the home at the time of the murders.

After the verdict Nick Milinovich, deputy chief with Peel Regional Police, said in a statement that the service is focused on preventing violent crime and intimate partner violence.

“While a conviction brings the court process to a close, the loss of Baljit and Avtar will forever leave a void in the lives of their family and friends,” Milinovich said.

In November 2018, Brampton city council voted unanimously to honour Thandi, Kaur, and 20 other Brampton victims of gender-based violence that year with a banner at city hall. The memorial also paid tribute to the thousands of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada.

According to the service’s website, police in Peel responded to more than 19,000 incidents of family and intimate partner disputes in 2019 alone – that’s more than 50 disputes every day, or two incidents every hour.

Victims of family and intimate partner violence can find resources on PeelPolice.ca or contact the Peel Regional Police Service at 905-453-3311.

You can also contact Victim Services of Peel or Family Services of Peel for help.

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