Amandeep Kaur Bahia
Court sentenced both men to life with no eligibility for parole for 25 years and called the crime one of “cold, enormous cruelty.” As a jury found husband Baljinder Singh Bahia guilty of first degree murder for planning the death of his wife and using a “hitman” to carry out the crime.
The family of the victim, Amanpreet Kaur Bahia, were in tears after the sentencing on Saturday.
They say there is no real justice, only sorrow, in this case.
“She was very hard working, she was so innocent. And how her life was gone, and how it impacted everybody’s life around her, it’s very sad. It was very sad to see how she was murdered,” said Perminder Chohan, the victim’s uncle.
The body of the young mother of three was found inside her Newton home in Surrey in 2007.
Baljinder Singh Bahia and the man he hired to carry out the brutal slaying, Eduard Baranec, heard the verdicts in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster on Saturday.
Baranec was also found guilty of first degree murder.
A third person, Tanpreet Athwal, is also charged with first degree murder in the case, but has not gone to trial.
The court heard that Athwal and Mr Bahia were suspected of having an affair and allegedly schemed to kill Bahia’s wife.
The victim’s brother, Jugraj Kahlon, came from India to hear the verdict today, but says there is no real justice in a case like this.
“We are satisfied that justice has been done, but for us it is not a game to win or lose. We are losing from the very first day. And today we also lose. First we lost our sister and now we are thinking about their kids. They’re going to not have their mother. They’re going to not have their father,” he said.
“We are satisfied that justice has been done but we are not happy. We can’t be happy. It is only a satisfaction that the person who did this, they have to pay. But this is the satisfaction — maybe now she will be rest in peace.”