by Jennifer Saltman, Special to the Langley Advance
The family of a Langley woman who was killed outside of her home 17 years ago is pleased that one of the men involved in her murder has been denied unescorted temporary absences from prison.
Sandeep Toor appeared before the Parole Board of Canada at William Head Institution on Wednesday to ask for escorted and unescorted temporary absences.
The board denied unescorted absences but, to the disappointment of his victim’s family, Toor will be allowed to continue leaving the institution for escorted absences, of which he has already completed more than 100.
On the evening of April 19, 1998, 37-year-old Baljit Kaur Kondolay was shot twice in the head shortly after arriving at her Langley home. The murder had been planned by Kondolay’s husband of four months, Ajit Grewall, and his stepson Sukhjit Grewall. Toor, an associate of Sukhjit Grewall, had driven Sukhjit to and from the scene of the crime and helped him hide the murder weapon at a friend’s place.
Toor received $2,000 plus money he was owed for drug dealing for his part in the killing.
Ajit and Sukhjit Grewall were convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy. Toor was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no opportunity for parole for 12 years.
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Baljt Kaur Kondolay
Kondolay’s daughter, Rupy Sidhu, and other members of her family attended the hearing. According to Sidhu, the board denied unescorted temporary absences “due to a continuous pattern of manipulation, crime and dishonesty in prison.”
She said the parole board members did a great job questioning Toor and determining that he still poses a risk to the community. However, she was disgusted when she saw the minimum-security institution where Toor is being held. She described it as “resort living.”
“It saddens me to know that one day Toor will be granted freedom and be given a second chance at life after taking one,” Sidhu said.
– Jennifer Saltman is a Vancouver Province reporter.
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