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Convicted killer not eligible for parole for 10 years

Harmohinder Khosa (left) stands with his lawyers Brij Mohan (right) and Sukh Kalkat outside of B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster in November following his conviction.                    - Vikki Hopes file photo
Harmohinder Khosa (left) stands with his lawyers Brij Mohan (right) and Sukh Kalkat outside of B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster in November following his conviction.
— image credit: Vikki Hopes file photo

An Abbotsford man convicted of the 2010 fatal stabbing of his sister will not be eligible for parole for 10 years, following a decision reached Friday in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

Harmohinder Khosa, 43, was found guilty in November of the second-degree murder of his sister Amarjit at the age of 34.

The conviction came with an automatic life sentence, but the length of time he must serve before being eligible for parole ranged from 10 to 25 years and was to be determined by the judge.

Khosa admitted to killing his sister in her Abbotsford home on July 21, 2010, but went on trial to determine whether he should be held criminally responsible for the act.

The court heard that Khosa suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, as did his sister.

His defence was that he was delusional and was experiencing a "psychotic break from reality" when he stabbed his sister with a steak knife 13 times in her head and neck.

The Crown asserted that Khosa understood what he was doing at the time of the murder and knew that it was legally and morally wrong.

He had testified that he told Amarjit, "You have bothered us too much" before kiilling her, in reference to the troubles she had caused the family.

Trial judge Miriam Maisonville said she believed Khosa made a rational choice when he decided to kill his sister and was not experiencing any delusions at the time.

Khosa's lawyer, Brij Mohan, previously indicated that Khosa will be considering an appeal of his conviction.

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