For Thought: B.C. wife killer to appeal conviction

Mukhtiar Panghali held a news conference after he reported his wife missing, tearfully begging for her return. CBC Manjit Panghali was five months pregnant when slain by her husband.

A man from British Columbia, Canada who was convicted of killing his pregnant wife and leaving her burnt remains on a beach outside Vancouver is seeking an appeal for his second degree murder charge. The convict, Mukhtiar Panghali, was trialed back in March before a judge and without a jury. He was then sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

Manjit, the 31 year old elementary school teacher, was five months pregnant for her husband when she suddenly went missing. Her burnt body was later found on a beach outside Delta, B.C. in October 2006. After his wife’s disappearance, Mukhtiar held a news conference in which he became undeniably emotional while imploring for the public’s help in locating his wife.

The couple, who already had a four year old daughter, showed no signs of problems many say. But then again, when you’re on the outside looking in, you can’t see what’s really beneath the surface.

Manjit’s family says they aren’t surprised with the appeal and that the convicted killer is just trying to find a loophole in the system. Her sister Jasmine Bhambra said “the family wanted Panghali to accept and admit what he did and apologize.” And I completely agree.

This is such a horrific case. What could lead a man to kill his pregnant wife and mother of his child, burn her body then leave her on some beach? This is obviously not a man but a monster. I for one believes he received the right sentenced and should not be granted an appeal. But that’s just my opinion.

What do you think? Should Mukhtiar receive an appeal, or should he rot in prison?


Source: CBC News

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