Deceased, Poonam Litt
Mandeep Punia was sentenced 12 years for killing her pregnant sister-in-law Poonam Litt. Mandeep Punia 39, mother of two, was originally charged with second-degree murder but a jury convicted her of manslaughter and her husband Skinder Punia, 48, of being an accessory after the fact. Her father, Kulwant Litt, is also expected to plead guilty Friday to being an accessory. Litt, whose husband was away in India, had just discovered she was pregnant with their second child and wasn’t seen again after leaving work on Feb. 4, 2009. Her in-laws told police that she left the home they shared the following morning for the short walk to the dental clinic where she worked. She never arrived. Her disappearance went unsolved for three years until her remains were discovered in a Caledon field. Her father-in-law eventually confessed to his son that his wife had been stabbed to death following an argument she had with her sister-in-law and repeated the same to police but later retracted his story. Punia’s lawyer had asked for a sentence of eight to 10 years; the Crown has called for 12 to 14 years.