Parole complicates

For the past 10 years, Rick Lof’s family has felt secure in the knowledge that his killer is behind bars and slated to be deported if he is ever paroled.

Now they fear that if Jagrup Singh, 38, is granted day parole at a hearing set for Thursday, he will be caught in a procedural limbo instead of being put on a plane to India right away.

“It’s obviously affected all of our lives tremendously,” Jim Lof said of his older brother’s death. “You just try and cope as best you can, and now we’re dealing with this.”

On the evening of April 5, 2002, Singh and two friends got into an argument with staff at Delanie’s Exotic Show Pub in Surrey and were thrown out. Outside, Singh pulled out a gun and fired several shots into the crowd at the front of the pub.

One of the bullets Singh fired hit 30-year-old Rick Lof in the head as he stood near the pub entrance.

Singh was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced in December 2003 to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 13 years.

At the time of the murder, Singh, originally from India, was classified as a permanent resident of Canada, and a deportation order was issued following his sentence.

If day parole is granted, Singh will be taken into custody by the Canada Border Services Agency and held for up to 48 hours, during which time he will be seen by an adjudicator from the Immigration and Refugee Board.

The adjudicator will determine whether Singh should be held in custody or released on day parole pending production of acceptance papers from India. Once the papers have been received, he will be removed from Canada.

Jim Lof said he has learned that there have been challenges getting documents about Singh from India. He fears that Singh will be released on day parole, allowed to remain in Canada and lost in the shuffle unless those documents are in hand.

“Why aren’t they ready to go? Why is this an issue now?” Lof asked.

– Jennifer Saltman is a reporter with the Vancouver Province. Click here for more Vancouver Province stories.

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